Jamie Redknapp: Why Arsenal shouldn’t worry about Alexis Sanchez’s strop
Jamie Redknapp tells Arsene Wenger not to worry about Alexis Sanchez's strop during Arsenal's 4-0 win at Swansea
Jamie Redknapp believes Arsene Wenger shouldn’t worry about Alexis Sanchez’s strop during Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
The Chile international scored the north London side’s fourth goal in a 4-0 win against Swansea after two owns goals and Olivier Giroud’s fifth goal in five successive games.
Danny Welbeck replaced Sanchez with 11 minutes remaining in south Wales much to the South American’s obvious disappointment as Sanchez showed his dissatisfaction with Wenger’s move.
The 28-year-old has scored 14 goals in 21 games in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp attempted to play down fears about Sanchez’s future at the north London club.
“It was bizarre to see Alexis Sanchez go off in a strop against Swansea but I don’t think we should read too deeply into it,” Redknapp said.
“We should never criticise a player who wants to stay on the pitch.
“The Arsenal forward’s goal in Wales means he is level with Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the top of the scoring charts and the Chilean is desperate to win the Golden Boot.
“If I was his manager I would view Sanchez’s actions as nothing more than a desire to play.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the table and eight points behind current leaders Chelsea after 21 games.
The Gunners will host Sean Dyche’s Burnley side in their next Premier League game at The Emirates.