Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has subtly criticised Arsene Wenger for playing Alexis Sanchez against Norwich, insisting that you can’t field a player who you know is suffering from a hamstring injury.
Alexis was allegedly in pain following our win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, with the Chilean a doubt for the game against Norwich (via the Mirror).
Wenger played him anyway though, and midway through the second half he was forced off clutching his hamstring.
Lineker is clearly in disbelief that the 26-year-old was utilised at all, and took to Twitter to tell Arsenal and Wenger exactly what he thought.
You can’t play someone, especially your best player, if he’s knowingly got a ‘dodgy hamstring’.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2015
He’s not wrong, as it seems foolish to play one of our best players knowing he is close to running himself into the ground. Wenger’s hand was forced slightly however, with the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck unavailable.
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The manager has to take some of the blame in that department too however, as we suffer the same issues every year, and yet every year he fails to invest adequately. He knew Welbeck was going to be unavailable for quite some time, so he really can’t use the Englishman’s absence as any kind of excuse.
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Hopefully Alexis Sanchez is as indestructible as he pretends to be, and recovers quickly from what looked like a nasty injury.