The rumoured spat between Wenger and Sanchez was dominating the build-up to Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 second leg encounter against Bayern Munich but after leaving Sanchez out against Liverpool Wenger decided to start him for the monumental task of overturning a 5-1 deficit.
Sadly, ten-man Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League for the seventh successive season following a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Bayern.
Now Pires, speaking to Qatar-based beIN Sports, says the reports of a “bust-up” leading to the star forward being sidelined were completely baseless.
“Claims in press there was a fight are false. I was there,” Pires said.
“There was a bad tackle on AS, a clash, he left the pitch.”
Sanchez began Saturday’s Premier League game from the bench and was introduced after half-time, with the Gunners already 2-0 down.
The Chilean would eventually go on to provide an assist for Danny Welbeck but was not been able to stop Wenger’s boys from going down 3-1.
However, Sanchez and Wenger were seen shaking hands before Monday morning’s training session as the Gunners boss ruled out reports of a bust-up.
“What you expect is that you go out there with lucid rage,” Wenger told the media ahead of the Bayern clash as he urged Sanchez to channel his frustrations.
“Total commitment, but not a silly one because in our game you always need to make intelligent decisions, to make the optimal decision and for that you need a good combination of commitment but as well I think to keep your vision.”
Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be the frontrunners for Sanchez’s signature this summer amid the Arsenal forward’s contract situation. Manchester City are also in the race but it’s highly unlikely Arsenal will sell him to an English rival under any circumstances.