Arsenal FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City on Sunday — a result made considerably worse by injuries to key players in Laurent Koscielny and Alexis SA?nchez — prompting fans to take to Twitter to slam manager ArsA?ne Wenger
The Gunners remain just two points off the top of the table, but their ever-growing injury list will be a serious cause for concern going into the busy festive period of the season. Arsenal FC lost midfielders Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta to injury in the 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns last weekend, and could now be without two absolutely vital players in centre-back Laurent Koscielny and attacking midfielder Alexis SA?nchez.
It is probably just as well that Mesut zil appears to playing as well as he has ever played in an Arsenal FC shirt, while the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are getting closer to a return to the first-team squad.
Fans slam Wenger after SA?nchez injury
The Gunners took the lead on Sunday at the half-hour mark through the increasingly influential zil, before Lewis Grabban restored parity just before half-time. Before all this action, however, Koscielny had to be replaced due to an apparent hip injury, while SA?nchez followed the Frenchman to the dressing room an hour into the game with a hamstring injury.
The injury to the Chilean in particular had Arsenal FC fans irate, given that Wenger chose to play him despite the fact that he had been carrying a slight niggle since the last international break. Others chose to be more circumspect about the situation however, and accepted it was a case of misfortune rather than negligence or bad judgement.
Can blame Wenger entirely for the Sanchez injury
a Sam Murray (@SamMurray5) November 29, 2015
Wenger said himself Sanchez was in the red zone but still played him. Fault lies completely with him, I’m afraid.
a Neil Lawrence (@neilodor) November 29, 2015
Sanchez’s hamstring injury is 3000% Wenger’s fault. Should have managed him carefully.
a RayhanAFTV (@RayhanAFTV) November 29, 2015
No surprise at Sanchez getting injured. Wenger has been pushing his luck far too much. On top of the most stupidiest things he does each yr
a Ketan Chopra (@k10chopra) November 29, 2015
Nothing unlucky about this SANCHEZ injury, just WENGER madness.
a Martin Wengrow (@MartinWengrow) November 29, 2015
This latest injury is completely Wenger and Sanchez’s fault. Player too stubborn to know when to rest. Manager too weak to rest him.
a Freddie. (@AFC_Freddie) November 29, 2015
Wenger said Sanchez had a slight hamstring but still played him. Poor decision by the manager
a Gary Lawrence (@garythegooner56) November 29, 2015
Man wenger needs to leave, the fact that he admitted that sanchez needed a rest and still plays him is the dumbest decision of all time
a Aleks Trpcevski (@Trpcevski10) November 29, 2015
Wenger knew Sanchez needed rest. Played him anyway. Cant be a coincidence that Arsenal top the injuries-list season after season.
a Henrik Hindby (@HenrikHindby) November 29, 2015
Wenger is funny. Knew Sanchez needed a rest/ knew that his hamstring had a strain. Still played him, guess what happened? Got injured ?Y
a L3ahpar (@l3ahpar) November 29, 2015
Sanchez run in to the ground (along with others) all because Wenger didn’t buy. Pretty simple.
a Dave (@Dave797) November 29, 2015
We only blame Wenger for not buying more players, as for fielding Sanchez against Norwich, we should not blame him. Wht abt if he was left?
a Delford Magaya (@MagayaDelford) November 30, 2015
Sanchez will miss Olympiakos game now. So that means almost certain elimination from CL. Congratulations, Mr Wenger. #afc
a Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2015
Is there anyone at Arsenal who will actually challenge Wenger’s “wisdom” in risking Sanchez despite admitting he had a hamstring problem?
a Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) November 29, 2015
Wenger said there was a hamstring worry over Sanchez, yet still played him. Afraid to say only one man to blame on this one. #afc
a John Cross (@johncrossmirror) November 29, 2015
Reporter: Why did you play Sanchez if you knew had a bad hamstring? Arsene Wenger: https://t.co/OsSvbYmUBx
a BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) November 29, 2015