Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sensationally claimed that star player Alexis Sanchez could have been killed after he was pushed into a camera pit at Carrow Road, the Mirror report.
The incident involved Norwich City’s Ryan Bennett, as the centre-back pushed Sanchez in the back near the touchline, sending the Chile international tumbling towards a camera and the hoardings.
It was an unnecessary action from Bennett, and one which drew plenty of criticism from Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman rues Sanchez’s upcoming absence with a hamstring injury.
“First of all it is dangerous to have a camera there. He could have killed him. Secondly, he didn’t need to push him like he did. I think the camera position was absolutely dangerous,” Wenger said.
When quizzed on whether Sanchez’s tussle with Bennett had anything to do with the former Barcelona star’s ensuing hamstring injury, Wenger responded rather nonchalantly.
He added: “I don’t know. There are so many specialists to predict absolutely everything. A hamstring injury. He had hamstring injuries in Barcelona as well.”
Sanchez’s injury is likely to rule him out for up to a month, a big blow to Arsenal’s title bid as well as their hopes of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages.
It all looked to be going so well for the Gunners at one stage, yet a succession of injuries has really set them back and they head into this weekend’s fixture with Sunderland looking rather depleted.
While the absence of regular midfield pairing Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin is huge, Sanchez’s hamstring injury and ensuing period out of action is arguably the one which will hurt most.
The 26-year-old has been in superb form this season, scoring nine goals and adding a further five assists in 18 starts in all competitions.