After Alexis Sanchez returned for Arsenal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, which resulted in a mixed reputation from the supporters, manager Arsene Wenger has told the 28-year-old to win back the fans through his performances.
“We have to accept those responses from people. I don’t know why [there were jeers]. The best way to get people on your side is to perform. I had a chat with him after the game and he didn’t look unhappy. Maybe it’s because he wanted to score. The interpretation of the attitudes is always very dangerous,” Wenger said, reports talkSPORT.
Alexis looked on his way out of Arsenal on transfer deadline day, with Manchester City having a £60m bid accepted by the Gunners. However, with Arsenal unable to line up a replacement for the Chilean international – Monaco’s Thomas Lemar – Sanchez was forced to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s believed the player was very keen to reunite with City manager Pep Guardiola, with the two working together at Barcelona, and supporters let their feelings be known after this summer’s transfer saga.
Alexis admitted he wanted to play for a club in the Champions League, after Arsenal were resigned to Europa League football this season, while also failing to extend his contract which has 12 months remaining. Sanchez is 6/1 to join Manchester City by February 2018.
Arsenal are now ninth in the Premier League table with six points from four games, having ended their two-game losing streak after beating Bournemouth this weekend.