Arsene Wenger will probably leave in 2017, claims Ian Wright

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It’s fair to say it wasn’t the greatest weekend for Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners were 2-0 up after 35 minutes away to West Ham but could only manage a 3-3 draw, dropping two valuable points in their title race.

Arsenal wouldn’t know how costly that result would be until Leicester and Tottenham played the following day.


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But, they soon found out that it proved very costly indeed.

The Foxes managed a 2-0 win against Sunderland while Spurs comfortably beat Manchester United 3-0, leaving Arsenal’s title challenge hanging by a thread.

They now sit six points behind Spurs and a massive 13 points adrift of Leicester - although they do have a game in hand on both.

It seems as though Arsenal’s search for Premier League glory will continue, with their last triumph coming in 2004.

And Gooners blame one man for that - Wenger.

Many fans want their French manager to step aside at the end of this season but club legend Ian Wright thinks Wenger will see out the remainder of his contract.

Wright's prediction

"I think that it will run its natural course. In 2017 he will probably leave,” Wright told BT Sport, per the Mirror.

"We saw another couple of banners [against West Ham]. When you see the season we've had - in the way that this season's gone - the fans and everybody will be disappointed."

With Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all struggling this season, it was seen as the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to break their Premier League drought.

But they have won just four of their previous 12 league matches and have fallen well behind Leicester.

To make matters worse, it seems as though Spurs will finish above Arsenal for the first time since Wenger was appointed when they finished 7th and Arsenal came 12th back in 1995.

The majority of Arsenal fans will be hoping that Wright is wrong and that Wenger isn’t in charge at the beginning of next season but it seems unlikely that they’ll get their way.

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Last month, the club’s second-largest shareholder Alister Usmanov insisted that Wenger must remain at the Emirates.

"Failures have been haunting Arsenal for many years now, they cannot become the EPL champions. This has led to some discontent with Wenger's position as a manager,” he told Rossiya24, per Sky Sports.

"I believe that Arsene Wenger is a great coach, and Arsenal have to give him the opportunity to plan the succession process and leave his legacy when he deems it necessary.

"It is very important for the football club to maintain the principles that were established by those people who created its victories. Arsenal need Arsene Wenger,” he added.

So, the ‘Wenger out’ campaign may as well save their breath because it seems that they will have to deal with one final season under their French manager.

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