The Chilean, whose future at Arsenal remains uncertain, did however feature, coming on at the start of the second-half at 2-0 down to give the Gunners a much-needed boost. He did make the assist for Danny Welbeck’s goal, but his introduction into the game wasn’t enough to get anything from the game as Arsenal yet again slumped to a defeat and dropped points to another top six side.
Ian Wright was in the BT studio to watch the game and during the post-match analysis was asked what he thought about Sanchez not starting the game. The former England striker replied:
“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.
“He has nothing to lose now. It was a strange game to leave him out of, it baffled me.”
Sanchez has been linked with several top European sides this summer, and it looks increasingly likely that he will not be at Arsenal come the start of next season.