For the first in a long while, Arsene Wenger has reported addressed his team.
Arsene Wenger has called for unity in his Arsenal squad following the discontent shown by Alexis Sanchez in recent weeks.
The Chilean, who is expected to leave the club with one year remaining on his contract this summer, has been at the heart of several flashpoints on and off the field with team-mates over the last month.
After being beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich in Germany, Sanchez’s frustrations on the pitch spilled over into the dressing room where he was reportedly involved in a bust-up with team-mates.
In the run-up to last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Sanchez was dropped to the bench after he stormed out of a training session and was confronted by Laurent Koscielny over his actions.
The 28-year-old was also spotted laughing on the bench in the final stages of Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern on Tuesday evening.
In his programme notes before Saturday’s 5-0 win over Lincoln City in the FA Cup, Wenger claimed his senior players ‘are responsible for the energy’ within the team and urged them to ‘be positive about what went well’.
When asked about the message to his senior players in his programme notes after the game, Wenger told BT Sport: ‘You know how it is, we recently had a big disappointments in the Champions League, after that in our job you have to respond in the next game.
‘Therefore you need players who are solid mentally and united, the experience is easier when you’ve gone through difficult periods before than if you’ve never known it.’