Pundit issues backing for Arsene Wenger over handling of Arsenal striker

Ray Wilkins explains why Alexis Sanchez was so annoyed at being substituted during Arsenal's 4-0 win at Swansea

Ray Wilkins believes Arsene Wenger was correct to substitute Alexis Sanchez in the second half of Arsenal’s 4-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

The Chile international scored the north London side’s fourth goal at the Liberty Stadium to help Arsenal win their first Premier League game on the road in five attempts.

Danny Welbeck replaced Sanchez in the second half much to the South American’s obvious disappointment as he reacted angrily on the bench following his substitution.

The 28-year-old’s future at the Emirates Stadium remains in doubt amid ongoing contract negotiations with the north London club over a new deal.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Monday morning after Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Swansea, ex-Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins defended Wenger’s decision to take off Sanchez.

“I’ve spoken to a couple of Arsenal friends of mine and I believe he absolutely detests being taken off. It’s not in his remit to be taken off,” Wilkins said.

“It’s a team game and Arsene’s made a decision. They’ve got a lot of big games coming up. When they’re winning as they were winning on Saturday, get him off the pitch. Give him a breather.”

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

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The Gunners signed Sanchez in a £35m deal from La Liga outfit Barcelona in the 2014 summer transfer window.

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