|Alexis Sanchez reacted angrily after he was taken off with 11 minutes left of Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Swansea. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)|
Arsene Wenger attempted to diffuse the controversy surrounding Alexis Sanchez after his tantrum at Swansea, but admitted he would’ve preferred his star forward to have reacted in a more measured way to his substitution.
Sanchez was taken off with 11 minutes remaining and Arsenal coasting to a 4-0 victory over the struggling Swans to allow Danny Welbeck, only recently back to fitness following nine months out with a serious knee injury, some valuable playing time. The 27-year-old responded by sulking on the substitutes’ bench with his coat draped over his head, having also kicked out at a random object.
|Alexis Sanchez showed his frustration at being substituted (Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire)|
It’s not the first time Sanchez’s temper has boiled over in recent weeks – he castigated teammate Aaron Ramsey during the 3-3 darw with Bournemouth and threw his gloves down at the final whistle – and Wenger admitted he prefers his players to keep their emotions hidden.
‘No, I prefer nothing,’ said Wenger when asked if he was a fan of Sanchez’s reaction. I prefer to score goals and not to concede goals, that is all I like. But all the players like the game, I think after you are more extroverted.’
Wenger added he was not too concerned about the Chilean’s state of mind and was keen for his latest tantrum not to overshadow a fine team performance, although he declined to confirm whether or not he would to speak to Sanchez about keeping his emotions in check.
|Alexis Sanchez sat with his coat draped over his face after he was taken off against Swansea (Picture: Getty)|
He added: ‘That’s minor. I think looking at the game tonight, that’s really minor, minor, minor. ‘We speak always, about everything. Honestly I cannot even answer. I don’t look, I don’t look at that. I look at how well the players do who come on, how comfortable they are, because Danny Welbeck has not played for two years.
‘That’s for me much more important than an individual response. That is vital when a player 25 years of age with regular play in the national team comes on, you have an opportunity to give him game time – that’s something that is vital when you come back from such a long injury.’
- Metro, UK