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Arsenal fans rage about James McClean's hefty tackle on Alexis Sanchez

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For one reason or another, Alexis Sanchez has been one of the hot topics at Arsenal this season. With his contract situation still not sorted and his reactions to losing becoming more outlandish and open, he's garnering his fair share of the headlines.

However, during this weekend's 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, he was given a free ride by Arsenal fans, who were angry that he received no protection from the rough play of the host's players.

All throughout the game, the Chilean international was targeted for some roughhousing by Tony Pulis' men, leaving him unable to impose himself on the game the way he would have wanted.

Sanchez has been Arsenal's best player this season, surpassing midfield teammate Mesut Ozil in terms of performances and importance, but if Arsenal's failure to really make a push for the top four this term won't push him out the door, then treatment from opposition players like this might.

And while he grabbed what was then the equalising goal for the visitors, his game was ended prematurely thanks to a heavy handed tackle from Baggies midfielder James McClean.

McClean already cuts a controversial figure in English football, but he certainly won't be welcome in parts of north London now as he was lucky to remain on the pitch.

The referee deemed the challenge to be worthy of a yellow card, but most Arsenal fans believe he should have been shown a red, and think that had Granit Xhaka done something similar he would have been castigated for it.

See the tackle below...

Ouch, that certainly wasn't a good challenge, and we can see why Arsenal fans are unhappy at the punishment it received.

And those watching at home wasted no time in taking to social media to discuss their irritation at the Ireland international not being sent for an early bath.

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