Sanchez criticized for taking penalty over Cazorla
Alexis Sanchez is having a tough time of it so far this season.
The Chilean is being deployed as a centre forward by Arsene Wenger in Olivier Giroud’s absence, and Sanchez has been finding it tough.
Standing at 5’6, Sanchez is not a conventional central striker, and he’s at his most dangerous coming in from wide; indeed this is where he’s played most of his career, be it at Barcelona, Chile or Arsenal.
But with Wenger still feeling Giroud needs more post-Euro 2016 rest time, Sanchez has been forced to adapt to the central role.
Struggling for goals, he decided to take the penalty Arsenal were awarded at Hull today, much to the surprise of Arsenal fans, who were baffled as to why regular penalty taker Santi Cazorla didn’t take it.
It backfired on Sanchez, who saw his tame penalty saved, leaving Gooners fuming with his selfishness.
Sets unwanted record
And that selfishness has now earned him an unwanted place in the Arsenal record books.
By missing his penalty at Hull today, Sanchez became the only Arsenal player to miss his first two penalties at the club.
Indeed, the fact that this was only his second ever penalty for Arsenal tells you how seldom he takes spot kicks, which makes it all the more baffling as to why he suddenly decided to today.
2 – Alexis Sanchez is the only Arsenal player to take more than one PL penalty and not score one. Fluffed.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2016
Does Wenger managed this team carzola scored pressure penalty last week why is Sanchez taking it very worrying what the manager is doing
— Lee Judges (@leemarkjudges) September 17, 2016
Sanchez has his spot-kick saved! Rubbish penalty, to be fair.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 17, 2016
— Kilian Pettit (@KilianPettit) September 17, 2016
Our two best players at the club in Sanchez and Özil are our two worst penalty takers..weird
— Arsenal (@ffarsenalfc) September 17, 2016
Someone should pull Sanchez to one side and read him the riot about stealing that penalty. Selfish.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) September 17, 2016
Cazorla scored 2 from 2 from the penalty spot then Sanchez takes one.
— Steve (@goonersteve12) September 17, 2016
Strange that Cazorla didn't step up for the penalty… Sanchez won't take the next one that's for sure. #AFC
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) September 17, 2016
Sanchez's penalty missed… I dont know why Cazorla doesnt command it. Too nice.
— Arsenal (@_23Football) September 17, 2016