By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger thinks Roy Hodgson was “unlucky” to lose his job at Liverpool.

The West Bromwich Albion manager would not be at the Hawthorns for Saturday’s clash with Arsenal if he had held on to his post at Anfield but he lasted just six months on Merseyside after seven wins in 20 Premier League games.

Hodgson is now leading Albion’s quest for top-flight survival and Wenger believes his opposite number this weekend could have been dealt a better hand.

“Yes [he was unlucky],” said the Frenchman.

“When you have a change of ownership [as Liverpool did], it can happen sometimes that as a manager you are not the desired person.

“You have not been employed by the people who have been the owners.”

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