Former Premier League manager lambasts Sanchez; claims his actions highlight disharmony at Arsenal

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Alexis Sánchez has not lived up to the levels expected of him this season, although his form has improved of late.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood told Sky Sports Saturday Night Football how Alexis Sanchez's reaction to being substituted during yesterday's 1-0 victory over Norwich City is a sign of the lack of harmony at Arsenal.

There was a toxic atmosphere inside the Emirates Stadium, with protests on the 12th and 78th minute marks, demonstrating against the reign of manager Arsène Wenger, and Sherwood feels that the reaction displayed by Sanchez was symbolic of the current atmosphere at Arsenal.

"His reaction straight away brings a bad vibe around the place," Sherwood said. "Then, to go straight down the tunnel, and he gives Arsène the cold shoulder, which is very disappointing. He's obviously very disgruntled, and it just shows the disharmony in the squad there at Arsenal at the moment."

The Gunners struggled to break down a resilient Norwich side on Saturday, and it was only the introduction of Danny Welbeck on the 56 minute mark that made the difference. It may prove to be a vital victory for Wenger's men who are desperate to stay inside the top four.

Sherwood finished up by explaining how he would deal with the situation in the wake of the Chilean's reaction.

"I would have a quiet word with him and tell him I wasn't happy with that, it was disrespectful," he said.

Arsenal will need Sanchez to be back to his best physically and mentally as they head to the Etihad Stadium next weekend to take on Manchester City, in what will likely be a top four decider.

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