Martin Keown: I used to like Arsenal star’s toughness, now he’s a drama queen

The former Arsenal defender isn't impressed with Alexis Sanchez's antics during a 1-0 win against Leicester and throughout the season

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez Photo: Alexis Sanchez/Instagram

Martin Keown has criticised Alexis Sanchez’s playacting during Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Leicester City on Wednesday night.

Sanchez went down theatrically after Leicester defender Christian Fuchs threw the ball at the Arsenal number 17 in the second half.

The ball appeared to hit the Chile international on the shoulder but the 28-year-old striker was holding his face.

The Chile international has endured a controversial 2016-17 season following continued uncertainty surrounding his long-term career at the north London club.

Sanchez has failed to agree a new deal with the Gunners – so far, despite holding talks with the FA Cup finalists about a contract extension.

The South American has been linked with a move to Premier League leaders Chelsea with less than 14 months remaining on Sanchez’s current deal.

Writing in his Daily Mail column about Sanchez’s antics throughout the 2016-17 season, former Arsenal defender Keown said:

“It was very embarrassing. Sanchez is becoming a bit of a drama queen — he seems to be making a lot out of everything at the moment.

“This behaviour will not help him when it comes to 50/50 decisions with referees. A few moments after the throw-in incident, Sanchez was awarded a free-kick. It looked a nasty foul on Sanchez but the referee told the player to get up.

“You do not want a reputation as a player who falls over easily. When Sanchez arrived at Arsenal I liked his toughness. Now he is looking for protection from referees.

“There is a danger that he is being overindulged at Arsenal with everyone clamouring for his signature. He has become a different animal and the sort of behaviour we saw last night has crept into his game.”

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Arsenal signed Sanchez in a big-money deal from La Liga giant Barcelona in the summer.

The Gunners forward has scored 19 goals in 32 games in the 2016-17 season.

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