With Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all expected to improve next season under the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and potentially Jose Mourinho, Savage feels Arsenal are in danger of being left behind with a manager who is stuck in a time-warp.
“All the big guns will be buzzing - except Arsenal. In a season when Chelsea, United, City and Liverpool have all struggled to get it together, they have stayed loyal to Wenger, but I fear he is beginning to look a tired act,” Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“It is sad to see Wenger stuck in a time-warp when the world is changing around him. As things stand, Wenger will be the oldest manager in the Premier League next season. He will be the grandfather of the pack.”
Arsenal had a wonderful opportunity to win their first Premier League title in 12 years this season, yet with only a handful of games remaining they find themselves 13 points adrift of Leicester City.
The club’s inconsistent performances have frustrated supporters, and much of the team’s inability to sustain their title bid has come from Wenger refusing to adapt his style and bring in more disciplined players.
It’s hard to see how a number of the Premier League’s so-called big teams will suffer such a poor season next year, and without change Arsenal could find themselves struggling to make the top four.