Thierry Henry gives his view on Alexis Sanchez’s injury
Sanchez out with hamstring pull
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has joined the chorus of criticism of his former manager Arsene Wenger after Alexis Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury at Norwich on Sunday.
Wenger has stated on numerous occasions that his star performer is jaded and in need of a rest, but he has continued to play him in every Arsenal game and now faces a spell on the sidelines.
Henry does his best to defend Wenger in his comments to Sky Sports, but it is clear that he believes the Arsenal boss should have taken Sanchez out of the firing line.
"I'm not a coach and I don't know how it is. I don't know the pressure of the players. I know I was a pain in the neck when you would take me out in the game," stated Henry.
"Even when the game is won for Arsenal, he will still go and put some pressure on teams and that's why I mentioned it at the beginning of the game.
"I thought, at the time, the game was won against Dinamo Zagreb. He scored, he had a good game and he didn't get injured. With 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.
"I can feel for Arsene in a way. You are playing for the title and you come to Norwich and you need to win.
"Obviously if you ask Alexis Sanchez if he is OK, he is going to say yes. If a guy says no then he might as well leave the club. You are there to play.
"But I think you almost don't have to ask him anything if you want to rest him. You need to go out and say nothing or, 'I'm resting you today and that's the way it is'.
"Again, I personally wouldn't have liked that when I was a player, but you take it on the chin and see the bigger picture because you want to be out there and play the whole season."
Arsenal's latest injury crisis is threatening to undermine the club's latest push for the Premier League title, with Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny among those sidelined with fitness issues.