Embattled Arsene Wenger 'ready to fight' amid Arsenal slump

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GETTY Arsene Wenger is under pressure as Arsenal boss

Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who appointed Arsene Wenger as manager in 1996, has admitted there "probably ought to be a change of management" at the club.

That defeat, coupled with the Carabao Cup final loss last Sunday, has piled more pressure on Wenger and ramped up speculation that his 22nd season in charge could be his last.

Celtic boss Rodgers is one of the main candidates on the list of potential new bosses at the Emirates, if the club decide to ditch Wenger at the end of the season.

People will look at it and see that, [when] I went to Liverpool, they were struggling for five seasons for Champions League football and I was able to get them back.

"They are on the back of a couple of defeats and will be desperate to turn it around so I expect to be playing against a very motivated Arsenal team on Sunday".

"And dreams always come to an end at some point, that's for sure".

Quizzed on his current situation, Wenger has said: "I am always ready for a fight".

Despite such stark situations at both clubs Hughton is still expecting a tough afternoon against Arsenal and will not relax in his approach to the contest. That's unfortunate because he has done so much for the British game. And it's disappointing and sad for another manager to see someone of that quality and who is held in such esteem have to go through that.

"I love my professional life here - the challenges of managing, the expectations, the scrutiny that comes with Celtic", Rodgers said. I'm not going to be here forever, but I'm living in a dream.

"When you have got the big teams against the big teams, they are the sides who can capitalise more if the other isn't having the best of days".

Wenger was uncharacteristically late to attend his post-match media commitments after the game on Thursday, with it now being known that the Arsenal manager was warning his players that there would be a big upheaval at the Emirates this summer if performances don't improve. "You have to accept that as part of the job".

"Arsene will know that, he's got great experience, he's a really good man".

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