Rumours have abounded since Wednesday night that there was a bust-up in the Arsenal dressing room.
It has been suggested that two players had a serious disagreement in the wake of the 5-1 defeat, but pressed on the issue today, Arsene Wenger denied anything like that took place.
“No, no, not at all,” he said. “Everybody was of course, deeply disappointed and affected but there was no incident in the dressing room apart from a huge sadness and disappointment.”
Of course Wenger is never going to break the sanctity of the dressing room and tell the press all about an angry confrontation. He certainly didn’t do it when a former captain was left flat on his arse, you guys, after picking a fight with a currently unpopular midfielder, so he’s hardly about to start now.
The other thing is that these kind of things happen with much greater frequency than people think and they’re not necessarily damaging.
Lauren and Patrick Vieira had a mighty fight on the team bus after one away game, and training ground barneys are not irregular at clubs up and down the Premier League.
Wenger confirmed that Sanchez had gone to Barcelona for a court case, and it remains to be seen if he’ll be involved on Monday night as we face Sutton United in the FA Cup.