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Arsene Wenger

Just after Manchester United's second goal at the Emirates on Saturday, the camera, as always, picked out Arsene Wenger.

He was fuming. It was the classic Wenger face of thunder as he muttered to himself, no doubt about the ghastly naivety of his team's defending.

The Gunners had conspired to leave Nacho Monreal in a 2 v 1 with Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria, resulting in the inevitable.

As Wenger fumed, it was hard to rationalise his perspective. We've seen this situation time and time again with Arsenal. The only constant in this pattern of fragility is him, but still his anger was palpable.

Worryingly, the situation was summed up with great clarity by co-owner Alisher Usmanov on CNBC, who said: "I know as you age it is more difficult, more challenging to accept one's mistakes. Potential of the team is there, but there is no critical evaluation of mistakes and their admittance.

"Because not a single genius can retain its level when he does not admit own mistakes.

"Only when you admit your mistakes you rid of them. I wish this for my club. Nothing wrong, but we just repeat same results year by year."

Usmanov has a 30pc stake in the club, but no seat on the board, so it's hard to know what his comments mean for Wenger.

And perhaps he's simply trying to ride the wave increasing dissatisfaction all the way to the boardroom.

But it's starting to feel like the endgame for Wenger.

The startling part is that a man so brilliant, who built a glorious back four which propelled his Invincibles, can't seem to fix the blindingly obvious.

Irish Independent