Confusion was rife amongst Arsenal fans after the Gunners’ starting XI was announced. At first it included the summer signing Alexis Sanchez, however, a few minutes later news broke that the Chilean was in fact on the bench with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain taking his place in the line-up.
Arsenal fans took to social media to discuss the surprising news that Arsenal’s summer marquee signing wasn’t starting at Villa Park. Had he tweaked something in the warm-up? Has Arsene just made a rather embarrassing error?
Eventually Arsenal’s official account cleared things up by tweeting that the former Barcelona forward wasn’t injured but in fact just wasn’t selected to start against Paul Lambert’s side.
Could Wenger regret not going with the energetic Alexis from the off?
— cindy maresic (@cindysheppard12) September 20, 2014
What's the story with Alexis Sanchez? Why is he back on the bench?
— Ifreke Inyang (@Ifreke) September 20, 2014
Made Alexis Sanchez my fantasy team captain. He gets replaced at the last minute. Typical. Anyone know why?
— Jimmy Ottaway (@JimmyOttaway) September 20, 2014
Two of our best players this season, Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez both start on the subs bench today?!! #ArseneKnows
— The Duke (@MrKellyEden) September 20, 2014
Was so looking forward to see Alexis Sanchez start man.
— Sugi (@SugiBiscuit) September 20, 2014