It is a very strange situation we find ourselves in with Alexis Sanchez being ignored by his Arsenal team-mates after scoring the goal that made sure Arsenal gained three points against Crystal Palace tonight.
It was so obvious that our legend Thierry Henry made a comment about it, and he thinks that Samchez’s team-mates should have just been happy that he scored. “There is division in the team,” said Henry on Sky Sports. “He is asking them to come [and celebrate with him]. Why are they not coming? Don’t they want to celebrate?”
“You’re not here for Alexis Sanchez, you’re here for Arsenal. Arsenal scored so go and celebrate. Whoever does it, celebrate with your team-mate.”
So he wasn’t the only one that noticed, with the media asking Wenger what he thought about Alexis’ performance after he scored twice to help us to a 3-2 win. “I felt he was very good tonight. From the first minute on he was focused, and simple again,” Wenger said.
“This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know him. And that’s the kind of performance you want from him.”
Wenger was then asked if he thought that Sanchez just wanted out, and whether his mind wasn’t at the Emirates any more. He replied.:”Look, every press conference has to represent a psychological problem. If we could talk about football, it would be better,”
“I’m not a specialist in psychology, I’m here to comment on the game.”
And when specifically asked if his team-mates were annoyed with Alexis’ attitude because he wants to leave in January, Wenger made his usual reply: “No, not at all. I did not see that,”
“I am not fearful [of a bid coming in], but that is a subject that will turn up because of his contract situation.
“I have said that many times since the start of the season so I can only repeat what I have said.”
So the question is why did the players blank him? Is he really trying to force a move in January, like he tried in the summer? Or do they just not like him?