Despite winning the FA Cup fifth round clash at Sutton, it would seem that Arsene Wenger is still a target for the critics.
The 67-year-old manager has come under intense pressure after his team suffered a 5-1 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich last week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash at the Allianz Arena.
The Gunners boss gas insisted that there was no risk of star man, Alexis Sanchez picking up an injury in the match against the fifth-tier side on Monday night. Media personnel and fans were left perplexed as to the reason why the 28-year-old was introduced into the game in the 74th minute despite his team being 2-0 up and seemingly in control of the tie.
The pitch at Gander Green Lane was artificial, and the likelihood of Sanchez picking up an injury was high. However, Wenger has rubbished such claims, insisting that the type of footballer Sanchez is, means there was absolutely no chance of him picking up an injury.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman said as quoted by Daily Mail:
“He is a guy who has a strong body,” ” I think on this pitch it is the guy who does not have good co-ordination, who is heavy on his feet, who is in trouble.
“Alexis is more a guy who has very good co-ordination, he is light on his feet. I don’t think it was a risk.” he added.
Victory was assured with goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott’s 100th goal ensures Arsenal progress to the quarter finals, where they will face another fairy tale team, Lincoln City. Sanchez has been influential for Arsenal this season, scoring 20 goals and also reaching double figures for assists.