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Alexis Sanchez has explained his on-field tantrums this season were born out of frustration with his teammates who he claims should be challenging for the Premier League title.
Arsenal’s hopes of ending a 13-year wait to be crowned domestic kings evaporated between the end of January and the middle of March when they lost six out of nine games in all competitions.
Sanchez, who has scored 23 Premier League goals this season and recorded a further 10 assists, has regularly been seen berating his teammates and was dropped for the defeat at Anfield in March amid reports of a bust-up with Arsene Wenger.
Asked about his all too obvious frustrations, Sanchez told Sky Sports: ‘Sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here… because when it comes to winning the Premier League we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior.
Temper tantrums | Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal hissy fits
Bournemouth, Jan 3: Stormed down the tunnel and threw his gloves after a 3-3 draw. Appeared to be annoyed with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in particular, who celebrated and injury-time equaliser, rather than return to the centre circle for the re-start
Swansea, Jan 14: Sulks in the dugout and remonstrates with Arsene Wenger after he is substituted late on with Arsenal winning 4-0. ‘There’s no problem there,’ Wenger claimed afterwards. ‘The culture is different. Some South Americans are different from Europeans.’
Liverpool, Mar 4: Sanchez is dropped after a reported bust-up with Wenger and his teammates following a heavy Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich. Sanchez is seen laughing and joking on the bench before being brought on at the start of the second half with Arsenal losing 2-0. Immediately provides an assist for Danny Welbeck but the Gunners lose 3-1.
‘Sometimes the frustration more than anything is about the fact we could be challenging for the Premier League title.
‘I’ve always said we have great players here, it’s just about having the mentality of being a great player and going out on to the pitch already thinking about winning.’