The Arsenal Lunchtime Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

Liverpool loss

Let’s start with the match yesterday against Liverpool. Yes, it was at Anfield, but the performance was woeful, especially the first half. A 3-1 loss against another top four rival is not good for a club harbouring Champions League qualification hopes. Arsene Wenger admitted that he made a mistake starting Alexis Sanchez on the bench. His reasoning was he wanted to play more direct against Liverpool and felt Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud were both better in the air. It was a strange decision by Wenger and one he must have realised this, as he brought Sanchez on at half time. The Chilean set up Welbeck for the Arsenal goal. It does make you wonder if there is more behind the scenes involving Sanchez. Why would you not play your star player who has scored 17 goals and assisted in 9? Arsenal are now fifth in the table.

Alexis Sanchez

Talking of Sanchez, I think as time goes on and star players get left on the bench, then the whole “will he stay, will he go?” saga is almost decided. You have to say it looks inevitable that Sanchez will leave at the end of the season. He is looking more and unhappy after each game. Although he did raise a smile and a laugh on the bench when Arsenal went 1-0 down. That went down well with the Arsenal faithful.

Realistic Cech

Petr Cech has realised the club can no longer win the league as Chelsea are too far ahead. Although many Arsenal fans came to this conclusion months ago. Cech also felt that even though they had two weeks to prepare for the game, they were not organised enough. Hector Bellerin, clearly frustrated, felt the team should have gone out on the pitch ready and motivated from the start. Frustration from everyone it seems.

Allegri rumours

According to The Sunday Express Juventus manager Masimiliano Allegri, who has a verbal agreement to replace Arsene Wenger, has ear marked Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as one of his top targets. The Lazio player is a box to box midfielder who has scored four goals and three assists so far this season.

Sanchez protest

A protest in Chile to encourage Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal took place on Wednesday. After more than 14000 people were meant to attend, according to Facebook the turnout was disappointing. When push came to shove less than 10 actually made it to protest. Oh dear, the thought was there.