Arsene Wenger denies falling out with Alexis Sanchez

07 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played down suggestions of a rift with Alexis Sanchez on the eve of his side's near impossible Champions League conundrum against Bayern Munich.

However, Wenger explained his decision as a purely tactical one and claimed he did not regret his selection.

Sanchez, the league joint-top scorer with 17, was left on the bench until halftime - by which time a rampant Liverpool side was 2-0 ahead at Anfield thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Sanchez though, whose contract expires in June 2018, will not be allowed to dictate his future, according to Wenger. Ozil has only trained once since missing the Liverpool match due to illness and Wenger said he had concerns over whether the playmaker is physically ready.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he would "probably want to leave" the club if he was in current forward Alexis Sanchez's position.

"Nothing happened, nothing at all", said Wenger.

"I explained after the game I chose to go for a more direct option - that was the unique reason for my decision". "[The reports] are completely false". A decision like that is not easy to make but you always have to stand up, ? he said. "What does it mean, the definition?" I hope he's happy tomorrow night.

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With Uruguay worldwide Cavani finally hitting the heights expected of him since his arrival from Napoli back in the summer of 2013, it is more likely to be Di Maria, Lucas, Pastore or Draxler who find their playing time limited by a potential deal for Sanchez. "He [Sanchez] is a committed player and sometimes with excessive behaviours but you have had that many times in the history of every squad". If Liverpool could be more consistent against the teams in the bottom half of the table, they really would be a force to be reckoned with.

"We should not forget that we are able to do things like we did today and we will work on it", Klopp told BT Sport. Our game is built on collective expression. We have all seen how much of an impact Antonio Conte has had with his Italian philosophy at Chelsea this season.

"It was one of the best games we have played so far because the strength and the line-up of opponent", Klopp said.

Arsenal kit and with a cryptic message which he ended with a note to supporters.

It would allow him a proper, perhaps positive, sendoff from the fans before he goes to manage one of the dozens of clubs that would love to have him.

But in the closely-fought contest for a top-four finish, this was a disappointing result for the Arsenal manager and Georginio Wijnaldum added Liverpool's third goal in stoppage-time to cap a wretched evening for the Gunners.

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