Joey Barton hits out at Alexis Sanchez ahead of Man United v Arsenal
Joey Barton has not been very impressed by Alexis Sanchez's performances for Arsenal...
Joey Barton has criticised Alexis Sanchez for failing to deliver on the big stage after Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old Chile international had been one of the Premier League’s standout performers before his recent hamstring injury, scoring six goals and making one assist in 18 top-flight games this term.
Sanchez failed to help Arsenal find the net against Barcelona as Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half as the La Liga side took a giant stride towards reaching the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
And Barton feels that Sanchez has failed to produce consistent performances this season as the attacker and his Arsenal team-mates prepare for their crunch clash with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking on talkSPORT on Thursday afternoon, Barton said: “Alexis Sanchez, when he signed for Arsenal, I said a bit about him being slightly inconsistent.
“Whilst everyone was getting carried away with him, I didn’t think he would be the piece in the jigsaw that took Arsenal on to be league champions – ironically this season they have a good chance of doing that.
“We saw that last night, that was a prime opportunity on the elite-level stage – go and be a match-winner, show everybody that you are an elite-level match-winner and I think he failed to do that.
“On the other side of the coin, Messi is a proven elite-level match-winner and he didn’t have his most flamboyant, his most exciting game but he did what the best in the world do.”
Arsenal head into Sunday’s clash with United in second place in the table and two points behind leaders Leicester.