Don’t criticise Sanchez over ‘bizarre’ strop – Redknapp

Date published: Tuesday 17th January 2017 9:54

Jamie Redknapp thinks that it is encouraging that Alexis Sanchez is showing “a desire to play” despite sulking in Arsenal’s victory over Swansea.

The Chilean was substituted in the 80th-minute of the Gunners 4-0 win and appeared to react badly after coming off.

Contract talks continue to stall with Sanchez looking parity with some of the Premier League’s biggest earners and Arsenal supporters can be forgiven for seeing his head-in-hands gesture as a bad sign.

However, Redknapp thinks the fans should see it positively and says he doesn’t like it when players are criticised for showing their emotions when they get taken off.

“It was bizarre to see Alexis Sanchez go off in a strop against Swansea but I don’t think we should read too deeply into it,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“We should never criticise a player who wants to stay on the pitch.

“The Arsenal forward’s goal in Wales means he is level with Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the top of the scoring charts and the Chilean is desperate to win the Golden Boot.

“If I was his manager I would view Sanchez’s actions as nothing more than a desire to play.”

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