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Watch: Alexis Sánchez’s Furious Reactions Throughout Arsenal’s Draw With Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 3, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Although many Arsenal players were delighted with the side’s late comeback draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday night, Alexis Sánchez was not one of them.

The Gunners staged a late revival at the Vitality Stadium, rescuing a 3-3 draw thanks to three goals in the last twenty minutes, but the two dropped points still leave them eight points behind Chelsea – a difference that could extend to eleven should Antonio Conte’s side beat Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

As such, while manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Arsenal’s mental strength, Sánchez was unable to hide his frustration throughout the match.

An incident early on saw him admonish Aaron Ramsey after a wasteful bit of play from the Welsh international as the visitors fell behind early on:

Sánchez’s mood failed to lift from there on in. Even when his diving header brought Arsenal back into it, his only thought was to grab the ball and place it back on the centre circle as quickly as possible.

Following Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser, when it appeared as though his teammates were quite content to take the draw, Sánchez was visibly frustrated with the lack of intensity – he would have felt that Bournemouth were there for the taking in the closing stages but Arsenal did not take full advantage.

The Chilean international’s contract is due to expire in 18 months time, and the club must be worried about the possibility that he may not sign an extension. Wenger can point to the financial differences in negotiations – i.e. the difference in what Sánchez wants and what Arsenal are willing to pay – but the ambition of the club is surely massively important too.

Failure to qualify for the top four – which is a real possibility this season given how tight the race is – and he would almost certainly be leaving. He is an ambitious player, and if he feels that Arsenal aren’t matching his ambition then he has no incentive to stay.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.