Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers distances himself from Arsenal job

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has distanced himself with reports linking him with a potential move to Arsenal.

While there is no vacancy at the Emirates just yet, Arsene Wenger’s position is under threat after an incredibly disappointing campaign. They are currently sitting in sixth position in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth placed Tottenham.

The fans have been demanding that he Frenchman be replaced for a number of years, but Arsenal’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Man City, followed up by the same result to the same opponent just five days later in the League, have sharpened the pitchforks aimed towards the beleaguered Gunners boss.

Former Liverpool, and now Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, has been linked as a potential replacement for Wenger, but now the Northern Irishman has distanced himself from a potential move to the Emirates.

“Arsenal is a great club with a great manager,” Rodgers said at a news conference.

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

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“When I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for three seasons and I got them back, so maybe people are thinking, ‘OK, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and that is maybe the equation for someone like myself.’

“However, I’m loving my life up here. I’m not going to be here forever but I’m living in a dream — although dreams always come to an end at some point, that’s for sure. I’m always relaxed about speculation and whatnot but my focus is only on Celtic.

“It’s a fantastic club, Arsenal, but they have a great manager,” Rodgers said. “Unfortunately, the criticism Arsene takes is now the way in the modern game, modern football. That’s unfortunate because he has done so much for the British game.

“He came in 20-odd years ago and revolutionised the game. And it’s sometimes disappointing and sad for another manager to see someone of that quality and who is held in such esteem have to go through that.”


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