Arsene Wenger has played down the way Alexis Sanchez reacted to being substituted during the 4-0 win over Swansea City.
The Chilean was taken off five minutes after scoring the Gunners fourth goal and promptly took to the bench dejected where he subsequently covered his head with a coat.
As any Arsenal fan will know, it’s not exactly a surprising reaction from a guy who plays with his heart on his sleeve. Wenger said as much, also drawing attention to cultural differences.
“Looking at the game tonight, that is really minor, minor, minor,” the boss said in his post-game press conference.
“Honestly I didn’t even look. I look at the players coming on. Danny Welbeck has not played for two years, that for me is much more important than an individual response.
“You have a player, 25 years of age, a regular in the national team and you have an opportunity to bring him on – that is something that is vital.”
“All players are frustrated when they come off – some show it, some don’t.
“I just made the decision I feel is right. He’s a good guy, he wants to do well for the team. There is no problem.
“Some south Americans are different to Europeans. You have to respect that.”