Gary Neville issues backing for Arsenal manager about Alexis Sanchez
Gary Neville defends Arsene Wenger over his explanation of Alexis Sanchez's behaviour during Arsenal's 4-0 win over Swansea
Gary Neville believes Arsene Wenger had a point when the Arsenal manager used to cultural differences to explain Alexis Sanchez’s strop at Swansea City.
The Chile international scored the north London side’s fourth goal in a 4-0 win over the Welsh outfit before he was brought off with 12 minutes remaining much to the forward’s clear disappointment.
Sanchez provided one of the images of the weekend as the ex-Barcleona man struck a disgruntled figure on the bench amid continued uncertainty surrounding the Chilean’s future at Arsenal.
Wenger claimed that Sanchez’s reaction was natural for a South American player with an insatiable desire to play first-team football despite obvious speculation that the forward’s time could be coming to an end at north London.
But ex-Manchester United defender Neville believes Wenger’s point was valid, comparing Sanchez to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Carlos Tevez.
“I actually take Arsene Wenger’s point about the cultural aspect,” Neville said during his podcast with Sky Sports.
“Players like Alexis Sanchez, Carlos Tevez, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero love playing football so much that they want to be on the pitch for every minute. They don’t see it as them being 4-0 up and they can be rested. They want more goal records and they want more time.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind current leaders Chelsea.