Arsenal boss Wenger: Sanchez had ‘good game’ during 3-1 Etihad defeat as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails wantaway Chilean
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez had a ‘good game’ despite many describing the wantaway Chilean’s performance as disappointing as the visitors slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday.
Wenger’s men were simply outclassed by a hard-working City despite Wenger insisting referee Michael Oliver’s contentious calls ‘killed’ the game for the visitors.
The long-serving Frenchman was angry at Oliver for awarding a penalty after Nacho Monreal tangled with Raheem Sterling with the score at 1-0 after Kevin De Bruyne scored in the first half as Sergio Aguero slotted home the spot-kick to make it 2-0.
After substitute Alexandre Lacazette – on for the disappointing Francis Coquelin who was a surprise choice for a starting berth – pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 both Jesus and David Silva seeming to be offside for City’s third, scored by the former.
But Wenger was adamant Guardiola’s summer transfer target played well.
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When the this correspondent asked Wenger about what he thought of City target Sanchez’s performance at the Etihad as the long-serving Frenchman replied: “I think he was good”.
Wenger also added: “I felt he was sharp in the first half but he did not have much support and overall I think he has given everything. It was a huge mental test for him. “He was focused and wants to win.”
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Earlier when City boss Guardiola was asked his views on Sanchez in Spanish by an Iberian journalist Guardiola pointedly replied in English saying emphatically: “He’s a top class player.”