Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Arsenal fans lost it after discovering Alexis Sanchez was dropped against Liverpool

Arsenal fans lost it after discovering Alexis Sanchez was dropped against Liverpool

The game was just 10 minutes old when Mane's low cross evaded both Arsenal centre-halves to allow Firmino to take a touch and fire high into the net for his first goal in seven matches but third in four league matches against the north Londoners.

Craig Burley can not wrap his head around why Alexis Sanchez would sign a new deal as Arsenal are trending backwards.

Arsene Wenger reckoned that leaving his leading marksman Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes bench had been a "debatable" decision but it was one that appeared to backfire on the Arsenal manager in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

If Liverpool finishes above Arsenal in the Premier League standings, and the Gunners fail to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League, history will remember the Sanchez decision as what ultimately edged Wenger closer to Arsenal's exit door.

"The thinking was that we had to go more direct and I wanted to play two players who are strong in the air, because we made a decision to go more direct. We came back in the second half, responded well, but didn't perform at our level in the first half".

"Look, the thinking was that we had to go more direct", Wenger said, per The Independent's Ian Herbert.

The Frenchman, who has been on the end of a fair amount of criticism as of late, benched Alexis Sanchez for the first half of the match, incurring the wrath of the traveling support.

"I believe in the second half it was easier for the strikers and you could see a different performance from Giroud and Welbeck because we dominated the midfield much more".

"Everybody will come to the same conclusion, but I'm strong enough and lucid enough to analyse the impact". The problems caused by Jamie Vardy due to his tricky running behind the defence were surely another reason why Sanchez would have been the right man to start up front at Anfield.

And we'll always know how the longtime Arsenal boss feels about it.

"You focus on what you want".

"If I was in his situation as a top player, scoring goals in this league, winning titles, I'm not going anywhere", he added.

"When everybody tells you 'you need to buy a striker" and when you have them everybody says 'why did you not keep them all on the pitch?'.

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