Arsene Wenger has played down speculation Alexis Sanchez is growing increasingly frustrated at Arsenal following Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Chile international was spotted engaging in some angry exchanges with team-mates during the game and flung his gloves to the floor before storming straight down the tunnel at full time.
Reports have claimed Sanchez was furious after the game and is becoming fed up with Arsenal’s perceived inability to sustain a title challenge and will not extend his current deal.
However, Wenger has sought to play down such claims and says his behaviour at the Vitality was a normal response to a disappointing result.
“Well, what is surprising there? You want to win the games and when you don’t win, you are unhappy – it is normal,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
The Gunners boss also insisted Sanchez was “alright” in the dressing room after the game and says showing passion is a vital part of football.
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“Of course. Without passion, you do not come back after 70 minutes from three goals down in the Premier League,” he added.
“First of all it is exceptional, it doesn’t often happen in the Premier League and you need a special response, which is what happened.
“We wanted to win the game, and we didn’t do that so we are all frustrated. Of course [he is fine].”
Wenger also defended Olivier Giroud who has come in for criticism from some quarters for his extravagant celebrations after equalising against Bournemouth, when there were still some minutes left to play.
“Of course [I wanted him to get on with the game],” he explained. “I understand both sides, because at 3-0 down in the head of the players the game is lost, but you still want the guys to take the ball and put it in the middle of the pitch.”
Sanchez’s frustration at Bournemouth was understandable, despite the Gunners’ comeback to salvage a point, but has only served to increase speculation over his future with the Chilean still yet to agree a new deal.