Arsene Wenger says he’ll continue to substitute Alexis Sanchez throughout the season, even if the Chilean always looks distinctly unimpressed when it happens.
The Arsenal manager says that Sanchez isn’t any different from any other player, saying they all want to play when the game is going on but afterwards understand the decisions he makes.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Sunderland, he said, “When I decide to take him off, I take him off.
“There is no special case. He has his own character but he is not treated differently from everybody else.
“They all recognise after the game but during the game they want to stay on the pitch. I have played football – you want to play even when you are tired.”
The manager also has to consider whether or not to bring Olivier Giroud back into the team for the trip to the Stadium of Light, but knows that Alexis is the only one who can play from a wide position.
“Giroud and Sanchez are completely different, but they can as well play together,” he said.
“I have to move Alexis out as I always have that problem with Mesut Ozil being behind the striker, he can not move much deeper.
“As much deeper you need defensively to work. So one will have to move wide. And if you move one of them wide, it can only be Alexis.
“It is a good option to have. To leave quality players out is tough. But the toughest thing is not to have quality players.”