Mar 5, 2017 12:03:26
The former Gunners star believes the Chilean attacker's time on the bench on Saturday could force him to rethink his plans for the future
Arsene Wenger's decision to leave Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal's starting XI for Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday could prompt him to leave, claims Ian Wright.
The Chile international's future remains uncertain, with his contract expiring at the end of next season and the Gunners' inability to challenge for the Premier League title – they sit 13 points behind leaders Chelsea – and the Champions League – a 5-1 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich to be concluded in midweek – could lead to him leaving soon.
Although Alexis was forced to watch from the bench as his side slipped to a two goal deficit against Liverpool, he emerged for the second half to set up Daniel Welbeck to pull a goal back within 12 minutes, but a late goal from Georginio Wijnaldum killed off Wenger's men.
Wenger insisted he had no regrets about leaving the ex-Barcelona attacker out initially, insisting he wanted to be direct and physical up front, but Wright believes the decision could see the player head for the exit.
"I’d be thinking 'if I can’t get in this team — hammered out of the Champions League and not in the top four — I know there'll be other teams'," Wright told BT Sport.
"He has nothing to lose now. It was a strange game to leave him out of, it baffled me."
Alexis is currently the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with 17 goals, alongside Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, and his nine assists are only bettered by Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson – both on 10.