Arsene Wenger is known for his professorial demeanour, where he seldom adopts a stern and stringent approach in handling players. However, he was said to have lost his rag when he kept his cool to the back burner in letting certain players know about their part in the defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The Frenchman was reported to have been critical of the part Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs played in the sequence of play that led to the goal Eden Hazard scored. He was said to have highlighted the fact that Alexis Sanchez had given the ball away, and Kieran Gibbs was also not spared in Arsene Wenger’s fury after the match. Santi Cazorla also came in for criticism for not being more defensive when Eden Hazard approached the penalty box. The boss reportedly highlighted the fact that the ambidextrous midfielder should have brought down the Belgian winger when he had the opportunity before he entered the box.
The tone for the Frenchman’s fury after the match was set when he entered a shoving match with Jose Mourinho earlier in the match, after he took exception to what the Portuguese said when they came together in the technical area. An action Arsene Wenger later apologised for earlier this week.
Although, several ex players have pointed out in the past that Arsene Wenger is not one to raise his voice at his players, however, his fury at certain players after the defeat at Stamford Bridge would not be the first time he would lose his cool demeanour to criticise his players. He criticised his players at half time during a dressing down in the 2009/2010 season after a poor performance against Liverpool at Anfield. It led to a turn around in that match. The only difference with the Chelsea match was that his criticism came after the match.
Despite this criticism which has come to light, Arsenal would have to make do with more turnovers of the ball from Alex Sanchez. The style of player of the Chilean forward means there would be times when he loses the ball. It is an inevitable part of his game because he would always want to take on players, and he dribbles alot, most of which would be successful, and at other times, not so.
With time, the Chilean would learn how to vary his dribbling and passing. However, those of Arsenal persuasion would prefer for Arsenal to adopt more stern approach to handling players to bring out consistent performances from them.