Thierry Henry reacts to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez injury blow
Thierry Henry gave his thoughts on Alexis Sanchez's injury blow after Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Norwich on Sunday
Thierry Henry has questioned Arsene Wenger’s decision not to rest Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich on Sunday after the Chile international suffered a hamstring injury during the game.
Sanchez set up Mesut Ozil’s opener at Carrow Road with a delightful through-ball but was forced off midway through the second half after pulling his hamstring.
There had been concerns about the 26-year-old’s fitness levels in the build-up to Sunday’s clash following a gruelling schedule of games for the forward in recent weeks.
And Arsenal legend Henry admitted that he was surprised that Wenger did not opt to take Sanchez off towards the end of the 3-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.
Speaking on Sky Sports after Sunday’s draw at Carrow Road, Henry said: “You’re playing for the title, you’re coming to Norwich, you need to win.
“Obviously if you ask Alexis Sanchez if he’s OK, he’s going to say ‘yes’. If the guy says ‘no’ he may as well leave the club.
“I think you don’t need to ask him anything if you want to rest him. You need to say, ‘I’m resting you today and that’s the way it is’.
“I personally wouldn’t have liked that when I was a player but you take it on the chin and see the bigger picture because you want to be out there and play for the whole season.
“I go back to the Zagreb game: 20 minutes to go, 3-0, you can give him a little rest. Obviously the travelling to South America doesn’t help.”
Sunday’s draw left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind leaders Manchester City after 14 games.
The Gunners take on Sunderland at The Emirates next Saturday.