Arsene Wenger Future Uncertainty Is Hurting Arsenal - Ray Houghton

"You look at the midfield, look at Francis Coquelin, Alex Iwobi and Granit Xhaka". What was good in the second half was our collective performance. Liverpool was diligently playing short passes to one another on the right flank. They were the only team who looked even remotely interested.

Dubbing Sanchez as a great player, Wenger said that it was not an easy decision to make. The problem is that Arsenal is already down 5-1 to Bayern.

"The result comes with an attacking attitude and that for me is the most important".

Elsewhere defending champion Leicester continued its dramatic revival under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare, coming from a goal down to beat Hull City 3-1 with strikes from Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez and a Tom Huddlestone own goal. But not when the best player on the team is sitting for no reason. Sanchez came on in the 46th minute and provided the assist for Welbeck 11 minutes later.

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Arsenal players believe that the Chilean has become selfish since the past couple of months with his public bouts of frustration not boding well with the players or the manager. Wherever the ball is on the pitch, you have an idea of where they are. Welbeck chipped the keeper to give Arsenal some hope at 2-1. They were second best in every department to a rampant Liverpool side and two goals down at half-time. In the middle of the park, Emre Can provided balance to Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, breaking the opposition's play and setting it up for teammates. At this moment in time, Iwobi should not be starting for Arsenal week in week out. It's in fifth place, and finishing in the top four seems less and less likely. Qualifying for the Champions League would be a big success, 100 per cent. Maybe the Gunners can win an FA Cup, but those no longer satisfy supporters.

"We lost Laurent Koscielny quickly and then quickly conceded without having adjusted, we lost three goals - (in minutes) 53, 56 and 63".

"Then it's down to who's strongest, who's cutest and who's got more ability". Arsenal have the worst record with just five points.

And as Arsenal sent on Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott in search of an equaliser, there was always a chance that Liverpool could hurt them on the counter and that is exactly what happened. Wenger is expected to determine his Arsenal future before the end of March. Sanchez's contract expires after next season, and Arsenal might sell him this summer if they fail to agree to an extension.

  • Julie Sanders