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ROBBIE SAVAGE: Chelsea’s title and the end of Wenger at Arsenal… my 2017 predictions

Date Posted,December 30, 2016

Happy New Year to one and all, whoever you support.

During 2016, readers have not been slow to tell me my fortune — so now it’s my turn.

When I peer into the crystal ball, I see 2017 being a pivotal year in the history of Arsenal Football Club, because it could be the end of the road for Arsene Wenger .

I expect Chelsea to win the title, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City – in that order – completing the top four.

And if Arsenal finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in 21 years, I suspect Wenger’s wonderful reign will reach its natural end.

Don’t get me wrong, the man is a legend.

His Arsenal team including Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp was the best I ever played against. They were not only the Invincibles, they were the Untouchables.

An Arsenal era which hit great heights feels like it’s ending to Robbie Savage (Photo: Getty)

But I tipped Arsenal to miss the top four before a ball was kicked in August, and I am not going to change my tune now.

I simply believe that Wenger’s time is drawing to a close, and the Gunners will soon be facing their biggest decision of modern times.

As United found out when Sir Matt Busby and then Sir Alex Ferguson retired, it is not easy to replace a legend who has been part of the furniture for more than two decades.

Nottingham Forest have never found a successor with half of Brian Clough’s magic touch and charisma since he departed the stage in 1993.

Watch — Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal’s first game of 2017:

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