By Matt Farr
Pundit Danny Murphy has demanded more passion from the Arsenal players following their miserable run of form.
In his column for the Standard, the former Premier League midfielder wrote that not enough members of the Arsenal squad were showing as much passion as Alexis Sanchez, who has recently come under fire for his attitude.
The 28-year-old appears to be growing increasingly frustrated with life at the Emirates after a reported fall out with manager Arsene Wenger, while negotiations over an extended contract continue to stall.
Sanchez’s exploits have divided opinion, but while Murphy admits that the Arsenal star may have expressed his frustrations in the wrong manner, he insists that his team-mates should be showing similar levels of passion.
He wrote for the Standard: “I would rather have a full team of players like Alexis Sanchez, who need help controlling their passion, than one where you have to create that attitude within the group.
“Sanchez has every right to be angry, disappointed and disgruntled. His performance and commitment levels have been higher than most of the other players’ for most of the season.
“I believe he has been trying to get the best out of others, though sometimes he has shown his frustrations in the wrong way. He has the great combination of high quality and intensity and he becomes annoyed when he sees his team mates who don’t possess both.”
Arsenal’s bid to retain the services of one of their most prized assets has taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks, after Wenger opted to drop him from the starting line up ahead of the Premier League meeting with Liverpool.
The Gunners went on to lose the game 3-1, despite Sanchez’s efforts in the second half, providing yet another shattering blow to their top four hopes.
He was also pictured laughing on the Arsenal bench during the 5-1 mauling by Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Champions League knockout round defeat, sparking further criticism in his attitude.
Sanchez has scored 20 goals and supplied 17 assists for Arsenal in all competitions this season, but is expected to leave the club in the summer.
In other Arsenal news, Harry Redknapp claims he would sign ace from London rivals if he was manager at the Emirates.