Big, BIG week for Alexis Sanchez. The will he won’t he saga kicks off tomorrow. We know he has a hamstring injury, we know he loves his country more than Arsenal (how dare he), we know the Chilean management team have already broken Vidal, we know this is likely to end in tears.
For me, this should be simple… you don’t play. There is no point in inflaming an injury for the sake of a single game. There is nothing smart about playing a half fit player whose main benefit is being able to tear around like an animal. This is gung-ho by anyone’s standards… not least, Alexis personally.
He’s an adult. Adults need to make decisions that are mature. The club should be pressuring him and if he goes against their wishes and botches our season, there should be ramifications. There has to be discipline at the club and there has to be the expectation that you don’t ruin the season for your team by making reckless decisions with your health.
… but how do you enforce that? It’s a hugely tough ask of Wenger. Discipline a guy who wants to die for his country? A guy who isn’t the sharpest… A guy who is one of the best players in the world right now? A guy who is in contract negotiations with the club?
How do you even attempt dealing with a situation like this?
… but Wenger’s allegiance is to the team and the club. So he’ll have to do something. He can’t look weak here.
Big managers make big decisions… and Wenger has benched Henry in the past for misdemeanors. So we know he’s capable of it.
There’s not a lot else to talk about, so I’ll leave you with that to ponder today.
How would you deal with Sanchez?