Sanchez reportedly wants out of Arsenal after training ground bust-up

The Brazilian returned the favor in the 40 minute as he passed the ball to Mane inside the box and the Senegal worldwide fired a low shot past Petr Cech to make it 2-0 before the half time.

By the time the Frenchman corrected his mistake for the start of the second half the hosts were already ahead through goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The Arsenal manager, whose future at the Emirates is a subject of speculation, took the surprising decision to name Sanchez to the bench, bringing on the Chilean global at half-time. As soon as Wenger brought on the Chilean, he straightaway got into the act.

"After half-time, we had to adapt because Sanchez is a different style to Welbeck".

The Reds will take on Burnley in their next Premier League game on Sunday 12 March. Maybe only one team has exactly the same feeling still - that's Chelsea - and all the rest had better or worse moments in the season. Monreal shouldered him, allowing Sanchez to further cut inside to create chances. "None of them are world class", said Steve Gerrard to BT Sport. "We have to go and take it and not wait for the result". Ten minutes after Sanchez's introduction, he assisted Arsenal's lone goal.

Adam Lallana's exquisite pass with the outside of his right foot set Divock Origi away down the right hand side, and he crossed for the onrushing Georginio Wijnaldum to sweep past Petr Cech and seal a 3-1 win.

Wenger tried to rectify his mistake at half-time by sending on Sanchez for Francis Coquelin and, after Giroud's header was tipped on to the crossbar by Simon Mignolet, the Chile global made his mark. They were absolutely sloppy in defending Liverpool's breakneck speed counter attacks.

Combine all this with Arsenal's awful form, the contract situations of both Alexis and Ozil, the questions over Wenger's future, the questions over Alexis's attitude, the disillusioned and angry mob in the stands and in front of the fan TV cameras, and you've got so much palpable discord even Jose Mourinho might be impressed.

"For us, it was not a big advantage".

"Sanchez is a great player, he came on in the second half but in the second half it was easier for the strikers because we were much more dominant in midfield and the back".

By then, Wenger's players will have faced the four-goal deficit against Bayern, though this top four battle seems his hardest ever.

Mesut Ozil failed to make the trip to Anfield due to flu, but fellow key man Alexis Sanchez was shockingly dropped to the bench against Liverpool - leaving many Arsenal fans seriously concerned he will leave the club in the summer.

  • Julie Sanders