When Alexis Sanchez was introduced in the 75th minute of yesterday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, there were cheers for the Chilean, but a few jeers too.
Some sections of the crowd seemed unhappy at the summer shenanigans, although in reality the 28 year old did little wrong. It was Arsenal who decided to try and broker a deal with Man City in the final days, and throughout Sanchez did nothing to publicly rock the boat like others have in the past.
The reception left Arsene Wenger confused too, saying afterwards, “We have to accept those responses from people.”
Pressed on his thoughts about why they reacted that way, he continued, “I don’t know why.
“The best way to get people on your side is to perform. I had a chat with him after the game and he didn’t look unhappy. Maybe it’s because he wanted to score.
“The interpretation of the attitudes is always very dangerous.”
In his 15 or so minutes on the pitch, Sanchez created a good opportunity for fellow sub Olivier Giroud, and had a couple of shots on target well saved by Asmir Begovic.
Wenger is right though, performances will be key, and it’s hard to imagine too many people jeering if he cracks in a winner at Stamford Bridge next weekend.