Saturday 18 November 2017

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez warned not to take penalties against Chelsea

Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez

Matt Law

Alexis Sánchez has been warned not to break Arsenal club rules for a second successive week by taking a penalty against Chelsea on Saturday.

Forward Sánchez stunned manager Arsène Wenger and his team-mates by taking and missing a penalty against Hull City last week.

Wenger promised to find out why Sánchez had taken the spot-kick ahead of Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, who are both ahead of him in the pecking order and were both on the pitch.

It has since been established that Sánchez simply ignored the agreed penalty pecking order by deciding that he wanted to take the spot-kick at the KCOM Stadium.

Arsenal manager Wenger has warned Sánchez that he does not want to see a repeat of the incident, and that the penalty order must be adhered to, particularly as Cazorla had netted a last-minute winner from the spot against Southampton the previous week. Sánchez got away with breaching club rules last week, as Arsenal beat Hull 4-1 and the Chilean managed to get on the scoresheet twice. But a similarly selfish act could be far more costly in a big game against Chelsea in which the margin for error will be much smaller.

Sánchez has often cut a lonely figure at Arsenal and grew frustrated at the club last season, leading to doubts over whether he will sign a new contract.

The 27-year-old wants a huge wage rise and buy-out clause inserted into his deal to recommit his future to the Gunners past the expiry of his contract in 2018.

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