Chelsea legend questions Arsene Wenger over stranger Arsenal decision

Tony Cascarino was surprised Arsene Wenger started Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United

Tony Cascarino has admitted that he was surprised by Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Alexis Sanchez in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

The Arsenal manager was forced to speak out about injury concerns surrounding the £35m forward after his ineffective performance against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Sanchez was reported to be nursing a hamstring problem after the 27-year-old represented Chile during the international break in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The South American completed 90 minutes of the north London side’s stalemate with Manchester United despite speculation over a hamstring niggle.

The former Barcelona man has made more appearances than any other Arsenal player so far this season, while Mesut Ozil was given a break from Germany duty during the recent international break.

Former Chelsea forward Cascarino questioned Wenger’s decision to start Sanchez at Old Trafford in light of the Arsenal manager’s past cautious approach to players returning from the international football.

“It was strange from Arsene Wenger. He normally looks at every angle,” Cascarino told The Game podcast.

“With international matches, he’ll take people out of the firing line. He didn’t with Alexis Sanchez. It was very strange from Arsene Wenger.”

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Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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