6 March 2017
Arsenal Boss, Arsene Wenger came under criticisms for his side’s 3 – 1 loss in Liverpool in an English Premier League fixture last weekend and for not starting Alexis Sanchez in particular.
The Gunners slumped to their sixth defeat in the current campaign on Saturday courtesy of two early goals by Roberto Firminho and Sadio Mane.
Arsenal pulled one back through Danny Welbeck at the resumption of play in the second half before Wijnaldum’s late goal sealed the win for the Reds. The defeat saw Arsenal drop out of the top four.
In the pre-match conference, Manager, Arsene Wenger said the decision to bench Sanchez was a tactical one and that he wanted to have more height in the team, so he selected Oliver Giroud and Danny Welbeck.
He said: “We’re going with Giroud and Welbeck up front because we will need to be a bit more direct and strong in the air”
He added in the post-match conference “I don’t deny Alexis Sanchez is a great player”.
“A decision like that is not easy to make. You have to stand up for it. I wanted to play two players who were strong in the air and then bring Sanchez on in the second half.
Alexis Sanchez came on in the second half when his side was already 2 – 0 down but he immediately provided the pass for Danny Welbeck’s goal to reduce the tally to 2 – 1.
However, it was reported across sections of the English media on Sunday that the Chilean forward had ‘an angry exchange with his team-mates after leaving training mid-session in the build-up to Saturday’s defeat at Liverpool’.
Sanzhez had been linked with a move away from the Emirates and the drop heightened the speculation. He has been directly involved in 26 goals in his 26 league games this season, scoring 17 and assisting nine.
The 28 years old has stalled on signing a new contract. His current contract expires in the summer of 2018.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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