Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been speaking about joining the club and how it feels when he is not in the first XI.
In an interview with the club’s website, the Chilean international said the Premier League is the toughest league he has played in and that he is surrounded by quality players at the Emirates Stadium.
But it was another comment that was the most interesting, as he revealed how he feels when he is substituted or not picked in the starting line-up.
“I can run and cut inside on my left foot, but any position is good for me as long as I’m playing football because I hate being on the bench.
“If you take me off it’s like you’re taking the ball off me.”
That may be something Arsene Wenger takes note of, given that Sanchez started the north London derby on the bench and was only brought on for the final 27 minutes.
The former Barcelona star also spent the match against Aston Villa on the bench and was taken off with 11 minutes remaining against Chelsea last weekend.
Footballers cannot expect to play every minute of every game, but as Sanchez said himself, taking him off is like robbing him of the ball, and that is not something Wenger will want to do too much this season.