The case for the prosecution is now stronger than that put by the defense.

The English media have been reluctant to criticize Arsene Wenger because no manager has been more helpful during the 16 years he has been in charge at Arsenal, yet as another season of failure continues, the press and an increasing number of Gunners fans have joined forces.

On the reasonable assumption Arsenal does not win the Premier League or Champions League, it will be eight years since the club last won a trophy, which means the last half of Wenger's time in charge will have been a failure, if success is judged by silverware, which at this level it is.