Former-Arsenal star Lee Dixon has claimed that wantaway forwards Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez would have been ousted if they had played in the Arsenal side of his era.
Arsenal fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City as their title ambitions were left in tatters.
Pep Guardiola’s men were in superb form creatively, but they were unable to really make Arsenal pay as they were very profligate in front of goal. Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were able to find the net, but they spared the Gunners’ blushes on the day.
The defeat leaves the London side a massive 12 points off the top and three points short of fourth-placed Chelsea, while they have also slipped down to sixth place after Liverpool dismantled West Ham.
Ultimately, the defeat was about as bad as it could get for Wenger and his men, and they now face another top of the table clash, as they host Tottenham when the Premier League returns.
No player was really able to shine against City, with the league leaders giving the visitors a lesson in football. Indeed, star-men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil were unable to make much of an impact on the game, and Lee Dixon has been disappointed with their attitudes, as has told Sky Sports: “We’d have just shown them the door. If you don’t want to play, then go. That’s not changed”.
“If a player doesn’t want to play for you: it happened with Michael Thomas 18 months after he scored [the title-winning goal against Liverpool] in ’89, he was in dispute with the club or George about money. He ended up going in similar circumstances and signing with Liverpool”.
“Players work out whether you want to be there or not, and certainly fans do when they see your performances on the pitch”.
The two seem to be running down their contracts in the wrong sort of way, and Dixon is clearly not happy about it.