By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger has declared that Roy Hodgson is one of football's top English managers.

Arsenal take on Hodgson's Fulham on Saturday and ahead of the Premier League clash Wenger insisted it is no surprise the 62-year-old has been linked with managing the proposed British side at the 2012 Olympics.

"There's no surprise at all," said the Arsenal manager. "Because I believe that he's a man of intelligence and of big experience."

Hodgson has previously managed several clubs including Blackburn Rovers and Inter Milan, as well as the Switzerland and Finland national teams.

When asked if the Fulham boss was one of the best English managers in the game, Wenger was unequivocal.

"Yes, of course he's among the top English managers," he said. "You look at his CV.

"I believe as well this is a job where you consider the lengths at a top level of a manager to consider 'is he top level or not'. I believe he has [spent] a long time at the top level. That's the most difficult thing."

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