Ian Holloway: This Arsenal 28-year-old more to blame than Wenger
By Danny Wright
Ian Holloway has launched a scathing attack on Alexis Sanchez after his Arsenal antics over the last few weeks.
The 53-year-old is astonished by the behaviour of the Arsenal star and has called into question his willingness to work as part of a team.
Sanchez was dropped to the bench for the loss to Liverpool on Saturday after a training ground altercation.
He was also substituted off during Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The recent events have begun to call into question the future of the Chilean international and whether he will remain at the Emirates come next season.
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Holloway brandished Sanchez a ‘selfish pig’ for his behaviour on the bench and has suggested that he could be more at fault for the club’s recent downfall than Arsene Wenger is.
“When Alexis Sanchez a couple of weeks ago was brought off, how selfish was he?” said the former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss to TalkSport.
“He put his hood up, he sat there as if it was the end of the world. Do me a favour. That ain’t how you should behave when one of your teammates comes on instead of you, after you’ve scored two, you selfish pig! It’s just not right.
“How selfish are you? It’s about your teammate and that’s probably why Arsenal aren’t winning because they might have let a bit of selfishness creep in.
“All the teams in the world might want him but you still have to be a team player. How hard is it to manage people like that these days? It’s almost impossible.”
Despite the recent downturn in results, Sanchez remains one of the Premier League’s most potent goalscorers with 17 goals to his name in the competition.
Adding to his league tally, Sanchez scored three goals in Europe, which included Arsenal’s solitary goal in the first leg to Bayern.
Since moving from Barcelona, the 28-year-old has made a total of 129 appearances for the Gunners.
In other Arsenal news, Theo Walcott has defied Wenger to explain that there has been in-fighting at the club.