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5th Mar, 2017 | 6:00am

£40m duo need to be sold: Three things we learned about Arsenal from defeat v Liverpool

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Arsenal suffer a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday evening at Anfield.

Monreal and Xhaka need to be sold

The duo were perhaps the worst players on the pitch for the home team and simply couldn’t cope with the aggressive manner in which the Reds attacked. Left-back Nacho Monreal was ripped apart by Sadio Mane, while midfielder Granit Xhaka simply couldn’t cope with the pace of play or keep hold of the ball. Monreal joined the Gunners in 2013 for a fee of £10million, while Xhaka was a recent purchase from Germany for £30million. In truth, the duo need to be sold in the summer because they simply are not good enough.

A decision from Wenger that well and truly backfired 

Arsene Wenger opted to leave his star man Alexis Sanchez on the bench which, without stating the obvious, was a decision that well and truly backfired from the Frenchman. Wanting to play Olivier Giroud and go more direct is understandable, but Sanchez can play in more than one role. When he came on after the break, he made an instant impact, getting into the opposition’s penalty area and making something happen. He proved that when he played Danny Welbeck through for his goal but there is no doubt that this decision will pile more pressure on Wenger.

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Bayern Munich will be licking their lips

The north London club are already heading for the exit door in the Champions League. A miracle beyond belief will turn around their 5-1 first leg defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich. Instead, Wenger’s side should be worried because their opponents will be licking their lips after seeing their display against the Reds. Five goals in the first leg and Arsenal more fragile than every before, therefore, it won’t be surprising if they score more than ten goals over the two legs.

In other Arsenal news, Tottenham fans destroyed this £30million man for his display against the Reds.

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