The Sky Sports pundit took former manager Arsene Wenger to task over not giving Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez a break in yesterday’s draw with Norwich.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry pointed the finger at Arsene Wenger regarding the club’s latest injury setback.
Sanchez pulled up with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw, despite being a known injury risk prior to the match. He featured throughout Arsenal’s win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, even though the Gunners were comfortably 3-0 in front with 20 minutes to go.
While Henry found his compatriot culpable for allowing Alexis to indulge in excessive game-time, he understands the pressure placed on Wenger that necessitates his constant use of the club’s best players.
Henry told Sky Sports: “I can feel for Arsene, in a way, you’re playing for the title, you’re coming here, you need to win; obviously if you ask Alexis Sanchez if he’s OK he’s going to say ‘yes.’ If not, if the guy says ‘no,’ then he might as well leave the club, you’re there to play.”
“But I think you almost don’t have to ask him anything if you want to rest him. I personally wouldn’t have liked that when I was a player but then you take it on the chin.
“He plays for Chile, travels 14 hours there and back, he plays every game. I’m not a coach, I don’t know how it is with all the pressure of players — I know I was a pain in the neck when you take me out in the game — but I thought at the time, the game was won against Dinamo Zagreb; he scored, he had a good game, he didn’t get injured, 20 minutes to go, take him out.
“But I’m not a coach. I don’t know how the guy would have taken that in the dressing room. At the end of the day it’s your decision.”