I’m not upset over Alexis Sanchez’s reaction after switch, Wenger insists

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON /

Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON /

Arsene Wenger will not discipline Alexis Sanchez following the striker’s angry reaction to being substituted in the win at Swansea City.The Chilean was visibly frustrated when he was withdrawn from the action with 11 minutes left of the 4-0 win, kicking a glove and then sitting apart from his team-mates.

Wenger explained he did not want to risk Sanchez’s fitness, bringing on Danny Welbeck in his place, but said he had no issue with the striker’s response.“All the players are frustrated when they come off, some show it, some not,” Wenger said. “I am long enough in the job to know that. I just make the decision I feel is right and that’s it. Nothing more than that.

“He’s a good guy who gives a lot and wants to do well, always, for the team. There is no problem. But every culture is different. Some South Americans are a bit different to Europeans. Southern Europeans are different to northern Europeans. You have to respect that. That’s why we are a multi-national team.

“I prefer to score goals and not to concede goals, that is all I like,” Wenger added. “But all the players like the game, I think after you are more extroverted. That’s minor. I think looking at the game, that [Sanchez’s reaction] is really minor, minor, minor.

“We speak always, about everything. Honestly I cannot even answer. I don’t look at that. I look at how well the players do who come on, how comfortable they are, because Danny Welbeck has not played for two years.“That is, for me, much more important than an individual response.”

In this article:
Alexis SanchezArsene Wenger


No Comments yet

Related