How Alexis Sanchez breached Arsenal penalty protocol - report
By Harry Sykes
Alexis Sanchez breached Arsenal club rules earlier this season when he ignored Arsene Wenger’s order of designated penalty takers, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the south American sensation broke team protocol when he insisted on taking a spot-kick even though he had been placed at third in the list by the coaching staff.
In the Premier League clash away to Hull in September, Sanchez took and missed a penalty, when Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott “were both on the pitch and ahead of him in the spot-kick pecking order”.
Sanchez, who scored two goals in a match that Arsenal comfortably won 4-1, infuriated manager Wenger with his antics.
The Telegraph that the long-serving manager carpeted his star player in the wake of the incident, warning him that the club’s penalty order must be strictly adhered to and that he did not want to see a repeat.
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Sanchez’s conduct has come under the microscope amid claims he had a temper tantrum in the wake of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw against Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
In a match in which the Gunners came from three goals down after 70 minutes to share the points, with Sanchez’s diving header laying the foundations for the revival, the Chilean was seen displaying his displeasure at the result and the performance by throwing his gloves to the floor and storming down the tunnel without acknowledging anybody.
This has prompted fears that the forward is unhappy at Arsenal, with 18 months remaining on his contract and no indication that he will sign a new deal.
Sanchez has been in electrifying form for Arsenal this season after thriving in a new role as the spearhead of the attack.
The Chile international has scored 15 goals and supplied 13 assists from 26 matches in all competitions, including 13 goals and eights assists from 20 Premier League encounters.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club will announce their first senior January signing on Thursday.