Sanchez throw-in reaction not embarrassing, insists Wenger

Sanchez throw-in reaction not embarrassing, insists Wenger

Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions Alexis
Sanchez's reaction to being struck by a Christian
Fuchs throw-in during Arsenal's 1-0 win over
Leicester City during midweek was an
embarrassment.
Chile forward Sanchez attracted criticism and
derision for going to ground and holding his face
after blocking Fuchs' throw-in at close quarters,
despite replays showing the ball struck him on the
shoulder.
Sanchez was booked for encroachment and posted
a picture on Twitter afterwards, showing him icing
a swollen lip – although Wenger reported this came
from a separate incident involving Leicester
centre-back Robert Huth.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal's north London derby
with Tottenham on Sunday, the Arsenal boss was
keen to draw a line under the incident.
"I haven't spoken to [Alexis] after the game. I
haven't seen exactly what happened yet," he said.
"I think he was a bit surprised because he was
close to Fuchs. He got a yellow card because he
was too close.
"It's embarrassing? I don't feel like that."

Sanchez's future has been a source of ongoing
intrigue over recent months, much like his
manager.
Wenger is still yet to announce whether he will
remain at Emirates Stadium beyond the end of this
season and he did not feel it was time to consider
the matter further on the eve of a derby weekend.
"Before a game like that, that doesn't cross my
mind at all," he said.
"What is important at the moment is the very short
term and the game on Sunday. There's no
distraction.
"What's important for me in my life is the next
game and how well we can prepare, how much we
focus on it and how we respond to what is
expected from us."

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