Ian Wright: Why I felt sorry for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

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Former Arsenal star Ian Wright believes Alexis Sanchez needed more support from his teammates.

Alexis Sanchez had his first taste of an Arsenal-Chelsea derby at the weekend and did not land up on the winning side.

Arsenal were defeated 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Sanchez playing 79 minutes in the loss.

Former striker Ian Wright was impressed with his hard work in the loss, but felt others around him let him down, so much so that he had sympathy for the Chilean.

He told BBC's 606: "I feel for Sanchez, he wanted to work. At one stage he was chasing them down, he looked behind him for 15 yards there was no-one.

"He was the only one closing them down. There's a lot going on there, especially when you got to Chelsea you have got to be more together.

"It makes no difference if your manager is showing fight but your players are not. Jack (Wilshere) was up for it, but thats not enough."

Wright's observations are however challenged by figures from across the whole game, which show the number of times Arsenal midfielders recovered the ball. 

  TeamBall RecoveriesMins
Jack Wilshere Arsenal 9 83
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 7 69
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 6 79
Mesut Özil Arsenal 6 90
Mathieu Flamini Arsenal 4 90

These do not take into account the effort made to do so, and the Chilean certainly worked hard in attempting for his side to avoid a loss.

Striker Danny Welbeck, famed for his hard work as much as his goalscoring, only won the ball back for the Gunners one one occasion.

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