Alexis Sanchez is not a happy man following Arsenal’s 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
His manager Arsene Wenger is fine with that.
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Sanchez, 27, refused to celebrate with his teammates as they fought back from 3-0 down with 20 minutes to go to draw 3-3 at Bournemouth.
During the game Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey had a row on the pitch with the Gunners trailing and Sanchez reacted furiously at the final whistle and then chucked his gloves onto the Vitalty Stadium pitch in disgust. Other reports suggest Sanchez was furious in the dressing room after the game too.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash at Preston North End on Saturday, Wenger confirmed that Sanchez wasn’t happy.
“What is surprising? We want to win the games, if you don’t you’re not happy. That is normal,” Wenger said. “Without passion you do not come back when you are at 70 minutes and 3-0 down. It is exceptional and you need a special response. We are all frustrated. Of course [Sanchez] is fine.”
Sanchez acting in this way has, of course, sparked fresh reports that he wants to leave Arsenal.
The Chilean forward has just 18 months to run on his current contract and with huge contract offers from China reportedly on the table, plus the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid reported to be interested, Sanchez and his agent aren’t making progress on contract talks with the Gunners.
He has passion in abundance which is one of his biggest attributes but it felt like the strain of a busy festive period and Arsenal being eight points behind leaders Chelsea was getting to Sanchez.