Alexis passion was ‘too much’ for Arsenal team-mates claims Bellerin

Hector Bellerin has claimed that Alexis Sanchez demanded too much from his fellow Arsenal team-mates prior to his departure from the club.

The Chilean left the club to join Manchester United last month, in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction, and there was plenty of talk about his influence in the dressing room.

Some have claimed that Alexis was a negative influence in the backroom, and Bellerin has now added his thoughts, claiming that although he is amongst the best players in the league, he sometimes demanded too much from his club mates, before refuting any claims that he didn’t give his all for the club even towards the end of his Gunners career.

‘Alexis is an amazing player, for me one of the best players in the Premier League for sure,” Bellerin said.

“But he’s a player who always wants to win. He demands from everyone, and sometimes it can be quite too much.

“But the good thing about him, he just wants to win, it doesn’t matter who he’s playing for.

“At that time when he was playing for Arsenal, he just wanted to give 100 percent for Arsenal.

“It’s true that this season maybe things weren’t going as well for him, but I truly believe that he was giving his 100 percent in every game.”

Did Alexis’ manner in the backroom detriment his relationship with his fellow players? Did he ever appear to give up trying on the pitch?

Pat J

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  1. Nothing changed says:

    For me Sanchez was more or less the only player we had with a winning attitude and desire befitting what I think Arsenal should stand for. We lack a winning mentality and some of that left with Sanchez.

  2. gotanidea says:

    “But he’s a player who always wants to win. He demands from everyone, and sometimes it can be quite too much.”

    Of course it could be too much for some Wenger’s pampered players. The rich and spoilt players’ mentality was really apparent at the freezing and rainy Wembley match.

    Off topic: Giroud created two assists and one goal at his last match for Chelsea, despite missed two golden chances. We need a new manager that can set a system based on the current player’s unique abilities and the one that can discipline the lazy ones.

  3. AndersS says:

    Hardly surprising, that one of our players finds it demanding to be with a player, who always wants to win.
    Wengers (the expert in failure) has truly put his stamp on the culture and attitude of our players.

    1. Phil says:

      That’s exactly it AndersS. The winning mentality is what has been missing at our club for years.Sanchez was BORN with this attitude and it showed in both his body language and performances.This Manager can no longer instill this into his team either individually or collectively and this is why Sanchez stood out and ultimately left.

      1. Add onto the fact Bellerin has no challenger for his position, he is coasting through all week every week. I wish Wenger would shift Maitland Niles to the right instead of the left then we would see how much Bellerin has to say when his backside is nailed onto the bench.

  4. Innit says:

    Alexis is history
    So is Theo, Oxlade, Gibbs, Gabs, Coquelin and Giroud lol.
    Coquelin was very good when Cazorla was here but still better than Eleny.
    I would say i miss 5 of those who left. Not Gabs as he wasn’t very good and not Gibbs as Kolsanic is far superior.
    But I rate highly Alexis (very highly), Theo, Oxlade and Giroud.
    Oxlade was a starter before he left and Wenger played him out of position. Wenger should have played him either central (where he wanted) or on the right, not LWB or LW.
    I think they are higher quality than Iwobi, Welbeck, Akpom and Eleny.

    I think we should offload (sell) Perez, Joel Campbell, Jenkinson, Xhaka, Eleny, and Iwobi and Akpom.
    Either because they aren’t good enough, we don’t use them or to free up salaries for new signings

    Im hoping some players out of Zelalem, Bielik, Nketiah, Nelson, Mavrapanos, Adelaide, Niles, Asano, Wilock or other young players will become top Arsenal players one day.

    1. Ray says:

      Unfortunately the 4 players you liked all had higher wages and Wenger needed to fund the higher salaries of Ozil and Awba!! The rest of the crop you mention are much cheaper to attain..

  5. Muff diver says:

    All the fuss made about his aftv comments
    But this is what bothered me

    Says alot

  6. Gunnerforlife says:

    Just sell the overrated bellerin.

    1. Ray says:

      He’s more interested in fashion anyway! Needs to put effort into perfecting his position and game! His fashion sense is about as striking as his bad performances lately..

  7. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Oh no poor wackerin finds it too much if he is asked to win ???

  8. ks-gunner says:

    Hehehe, this is him saying he was the only one interested to do his best, something we all wish they all do, but no, Sanchez was alaways alone by himself

    But hey knowing how Wenger breastfeeds his children i am not surprised that they dont get it what it is like to be under pressure and to actually perform to their best

    Bellerin has deff no future at Arsenal.

  9. Me says:

    Sanchez will win the big trophies at Man United.
    Bellerin will just continue to turn up for work each week, get paid huge sums of money, criticise the supporters who pay his thoroughly undeserved and obscene salary and get beaten by the teams around him.
    But that is the culture Wenger has installed at Arsenal.
    Content to just turn up and take the money.
    No pressure….

  10. Ken says:

    Sanchez was good ,ready to play even when injured, always wanted to score,He always chased the ball around the field and made sure it was in the net unlike Wenger’s lazy babies .They lose the ball so easily,can’t follow to recover the ball,they look too comfortable in the game as if they have already won .Even Sanchez would have been better in Watford as they have playing spirit than Arsenal .Also we don’t understand Wengers playing style.that has let to player Exodus.The similar style though not too similar failed at Barcelona

  11. Ray says:

    Mot going to defend Alexis too much because he didn’t show great integrity with the promise he gave City after United offered him more money. Saying that, his will to win was something that Arsenal FC could never match and was probably a mistake going there when he’s did? The “layed back” approach to Arsene Wengers attitude to failure is a disease that is rampant in the dressing room and, the mental impact on players is obvious. Mediocre performances with poor results and yet the same players are never accountable. How many of this team would make it into the Spuds starting 11? Yep, not many at all!

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