Robbie Savage says he is expecting to see Arsenal dumped out of the Champions League in the first knockout round this season “as usual”.
The Gunners have been eliminated at the last 16 stage for the last six years as they have struggled to preform in the knockout phase of Europe’s elite club competition.
Arsenal have never won the Champions League but were runners up in 2005 in Paris when they were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona.
The north London side kick off their group stage campaign later this month after they were pitted against Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, former midfielder Savage is not expecting to see the Gunners challenge for Europe’s top title this season.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mirror following Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth, Savage said: “I salute his [Wilshere’s] determination to play regularly and move to a club who were rattling collection tins to stay afloat only a few years ago.
“But I hope Arsenal do not look back in anger come March, when they will probably get knocked out of the Champions League in the knockout phase as usual, and regret sending Wilshere on a year-long sabbatical to the south coast because they are short of bodies.
They are not so gifted that they can wash their hands of his obvious talent without so much as a backward glance.”