Mark Hughes believes Stoke City can upset Arsenal’s Champions League qualification hopes on Saturday, the manager saying his side is ready to fulfil their own ambitions of finishing in the top eight of the Premier League.Ahead of the weekend’s clash at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke have collected 12 points and have been unbeaten at home in their last six league games against the North London side.”We certainly aren’t fazed by Arsenal, despite them coming into the game on the back of a really strong run of results,” Hughes told a news conference on Friday.”I’ve always liked going up against them. They have pace, power and very good technical abilities, so we have to be on the top of our game.”We like to upset teams who come here and expect to win. Our record stands up with anybody against Arsenal, so we will use that to our advantage.”With two games to play, 13th-placed Stoke could still finish as high as eighth in the standings, which would be their highest finish in English football since 1975.”We still feel we could finish eighth, but we know everything has to go for us,” Hughes added. “It shows how close we all are and it has been a strange season.”We need to be more potent, we are aware of that, and we would love to address that over the final two games.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are fifth in the standings and have an outside chance of finishing in the top four for the 21st consecutive season.advertisementThey trail fourth-placed Manchester City by three points and third-placed Liverpool by four, with a game in hand over the Merseyside club.Also Watch:
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Timm DegenhardtTele Columbus has appointed the chief commercial officer of Swiss telecoms provider Sunrise as its new CEO.Timm Degenhardt is due to join the German cable operator on August 14, taking from current chief executive Ronny Verhelst, who is stepping down for personal reasons.Verhelst, who has been Tele Columbus’ CEO and chairman for almost seven years, will leave the company on February 1, 2018 following a five-month handover period.Degenhardt is due to be appointed to Tele Columbus’ management board on September 1, 2017 for an initial three years.During his time at Tele Columbis, Verhelst helped to transform the company from a regional infrastructure operator to a digital multimedia provider that ranks third in the German cable market.He oversaw a financial restructuring, an IPO and the acquisition of fourth and fifth-place players in the market Primacom and Pepcom.Degenhardt has been at Sunrise since 2013, where he worked first as chief marketing officer before becoming chief commercial officer last year.Prior to this he was CEO of smart home company Aizo Group and before that worked as senior vice president of marketing and sales at E.ON, based in Dusseldorf.Tele Columbus’ chief financial officer, Frank Posnanski, who has been part of the company’s management since 2011 remains in his role.