Friday 20 October 2017

Wenger not ruffled by Sanchez strop

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 4

Wenger deals with Sanchez. Photo: Reuters
Wenger deals with Sanchez. Photo: Reuters

Phil Blanche

Arsene Wenger played down Alexis Sanchez's frustration at being substituted in Arsenal's easy victory at Swansea.

Sanchez had scored Arsenal's fourth goal before being withdrawn 11 minutes from time with the Gunners moving into the top three on goal difference.

Swansea City's Jack Cork scores an own goal and the second goal for Arsenal. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Jack Cork scores an own goal and the second goal for Arsenal. Photo: Reuters

The Chilean responded to his substitution by kicking his gloves on the touchline.

"All the players are frustrated when they come off, some show it, some not," Arsenal manager Wenger said.

"I'm long enough in the job to know that. I just make the decision I feel is right, that's it. He (Sanchez) is a good guy who gives a lot.

"I don't look at that. I look at how well the players do that come on, how comfortable they are, because Danny Welbeck has not played for two years.

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck (left) and Swansea City's Kyle Naughton battle for the ball. Photo: PA
Arsenal's Danny Welbeck (left) and Swansea City's Kyle Naughton battle for the ball. Photo: PA

"That's much more important for me than an individual response. That is vital when a player 25 years of age, who is a regular in the national team, comes on, you have an opportunity to give him game time."

Sanchez shone in the second half as Arsenal, 1-0 up at the break through Olivier Giroud's fifth goal in as many matches, turned on the style.

Two deflected Alex Iwobi shots, which were credited as own goals to Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton, and a Sanchez volley secured Arsenal's first league double over Swansea since the 1982-'83 season.

With Hull beating Bournemouth, Swansea dropped bottom of the table and their next five fixtures include games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

But Swansea head coach Paul Clement, who was in charge of a Premier League game for the first time, insists the manner of the Arsenal defeat has not changed his view on the challenge ahead.

"Everyone knows the task at hand is a very hard one but we're all up for it," said Clement, who confirmed the signings of Norwich defender Martin Olsson and Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll are waiting on medicals and paperwork.

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