Joey Barton questions Arsenal favourite Alexis Sanchez's impact in big games

Arsenal lost 3-2 at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton took to social networking site Twitter in order to question the involvement of Arsenal favourite Alexis Sanchez during his side’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester United this weekend.

The former Barcelona player joined the Gunners in the summer of 2014 and enjoyed a marvellous debut season as he scooped the club’s end of season Player of the Year award.

The South American topped off his perfect year with a Copa America triumph in his native Chile last summer, scoring the winning penalty that wrote his name in Chile folklore.

Keeping up such standards were always going to be tough, yet many have been surprised by Sanchez’s output this season as he sits on a mere six Premier League goals to date.

In his latest outing at Manchester United, the Arsenal favourite was again below his best and prompted Barton to question his ability to make an impact in the so-called big games.


  TouchesAccurate PassesShotsKey PassesTake-onsDispossessedMins Played
Alexis Sánchez 68 33 3 2 1 4 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Sanchez was heavily involved at Old Trafford but his intentions in the final third ultimately failed to come off as he was tracked well by the United defence.

The 27-year-old managed 68 touches, three shots, two key passes and one successful take-on.

However, he was also guilty of gifting possession and he switched off for United’s second goal, failing to track the full-back before a cross was swung over for Marcus Rashford to head home.

Similarly to Mesut Ozil in previous years, there is plenty of pressure and expectations on Sanchez to make a real difference for Arsenal and the team’s struggles may see yet more criticism head his way.

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