Bayern Defeat Could Usher Sanchez Towards Arsenal Exit
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is known for his winning attitude. The Chile international was unhappy last season at the number of times he was substituted by Arsene Wenger. Earlier this month he sat with a coat over his head after being substituted against Swansea at a time when the Gunners were four goals to the good.
So, a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night was never going to go down well.
Goal.com’s Chris Wheatley captured this image of Sanchez after Thomas Muller got Bayern’s fifth goal late in the game. While Bayern’s players trotted back to the centre circle after scoring and Arsenal’s players trooped dejectedly, Sanchez was on his haunches next to the touchline.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and is dragging his heels over signing a new deal before the summer. But that image is one of a man who probably felt last night’s humiliation much more than any of his team-mates. Sanchez is a player who doesn’t like to lose – or draw. He was unhappy when the Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw by Bournemouth last month even though they came back from 3-0 down.
The chances of Sanchez remaining at Arsenal must have lengthened with last night’s result. Their twin aims of triumphing in the Champions League and Premier League are all but at an end. No side in the Champions League era has come back from a four-goal deficit after the first leg of a tie. Chelsea are ten points ahead of Arsenal in the title race with 13 games to play. It’s Chelsea’s to lose rather than Arsenal’s to win and the prospect of a seventh fourth-place finish in the last 12 seasons is a realistic one.
Former Arsenal legend Lee Dixon said he believes that Arsene Wenger will stand aside when his contract ends this summer. Arsenal fans must fear that Sanchez will be joining him at the exit door. Manchester City and Juventus will be closely monitoring his situation.
Utter humiliation. Alexis says it all in this pic… pic.twitter.com/wjve7EqxMs
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) February 15, 2017