Arsenal boss Wenger denies Sanchez risk

The 2009 clash at Old Trafford created one of the most iconic images of this rivalry. Sent off by referee Mike Dean Wenger makes his way to the stands behind the dugout. Without an obvious place to go the Frenchman holds his arms out in Dean's direc

Giroud's timely intervention against United came after he scored twice, with his first two touches, as a substitute to inspire a 4-1win at Sunderland after his team had conceded.

Now, it is being reported by the Mirror that Arsenal are taking steps to ensure that if Sanchez were to leave rather than extend his contract with the club, a top class replacement has already been singled out.

"It is frustrating to be on the bench, watching your teammates on the pitch", he told SFR Sport.

"I consider him to be a regular player". He is useful when he starts, he is also useful when he comes on.

After impressing Arsene Wenger for his sheer commitment to playing for both club and country last week, Alexis Sanchez was seemingly in a reflective mood on Monday morning. Wenger on Giroud's anger When pressed about the options on Arsenal's bench, Wenger talked about the "quality and spirit" on the bench, "which makes us remarkably hard to play..."

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It does seem to be working well at the moment, so why change it? I rotate as well, a little bit. "But the suggestions I have forced him to play are wrong, completely wrong".

"I've never demanded anyone should be injected to play".

"They are different style of players", he said of Sanchez and Giroud.

The flip side of that analysis is that the Gunners' limp display indicated they may still be lacking the stomach for the big occasion. How fans might take the news of a departing Sanchez however, remains to be seen. If Wenger was feeling ambitious, he might try a Xhaka-Aaron Ramsey partnership, but the importance of the PSG game, with Group A leadership at stake, might make that too much of a risk. Being played out of position doesn't help, and although he is still working his way towards match fitness, there's no way Arsenal can get anything close to the best of him when he's shunted out wide. But for me, still, not enough competition to say I can throw him in in a Champions League game with the intensity of a Champions League game, and he will be comfortable.

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