Wenger Defends Sanchez’s Antics Against Leicester City With Bizarre Reasoning

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come to a lame defence for his star man Alexis Sanchez, who was involved in an embarrassing incident during his team’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The Gunners hosted the reigning English champions at the Emirates in a feisty Premier League encounter, which the home side ended up winning thanks to an 86th-minute own goal by Robert Huth.

However, the final few moments of the game were more than eventful, as the Foxes pushed for a valuable equaliser, but were prevented from doing so by Arsenal – both ethically and otherwise.

The North London outfit’s star man, Alexis Sanchez, continued to help his team maintain a clean sheet until the final minutes of the game, during which he was involved in a throw-in incident with Christian Fuchs.

The Chile international stood too close to the byline to prevent Fuchs from taking a throw-in, and twice stopped the Leicester man’s run up by jumping to block the throw. The Foxes’ defender ended up losing his calm the third time, however, and threw the ball right at Sanchez with full force.

The ball hit the former Barcelona man on the shoulder, but the forward belatedly went down anyway, but holding his face instead. He was then booked by referee Mike Jones nonetheless, much to the anger of the fans and his fellow teammates.

Arsene Wenger came to his talisman’s rescue during his post-match interview, by bizarrely claiming: “In the first two attempts when Fuchs tried to throw the ball in, Sanchez stood next to him and didn’t know he had to be further away.

“Also the referee did not tell him to move further away and after that he got a yellow card because he didn’t accept the rule. I accept that. He was not the required distance. The referee or the linesman should have told him. Fuchs was lucky not to get a yellow card because he threw the ball at him on purpose.”

To further add to his own case in defending his dive, Alexis uploaded a picture of himself boasting a swollen lip on his official twitter handle.


A lot of people reacted to this unusual post by Sanchez, but perhaps the best of the lot was from the former England rugby international Ben Kay, who compared the Arsenal star’s injury with his own.


Written by Kunal Kambli. Tweet to get in touch with him.


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