By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is bewildered by speculation over Chris Hughton’s future.

The build-up to Arsenal’s recent Carling Cup tie with Newcastle was peppered with rumours that Hughton may be on his way out of St. James’ Park despite leading the newly-promoted Magpies into the top half of the Premier League.

Newcastle released a statement in support of their manager after Arsenal’s 4-0 victory but Hughton is still third favourite with the bookmakers to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job.

Wenger welcomes Hughton to Emirates Stadium on Sunday and he is stunned that his opposite number’s future is in any doubt.

“I said when we played them in the Carling Cup that the situation was difficult to understand,” said Wenger.

“When you look from the outside, he has done very well.

“He has confirmed that again on Sunday against Sunderland [when Newcastle won 5-1] and it looks like he has created a style of play that the players are behind and the results are there.

“For a team that came up from the championship, they are doing extremely well. That’s all I can say. I don’t know what happens internally, but from the outside he has done an outstanding job.”

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5 Nov 2010