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Alexis Sanchez did something that infuriated Arsenal fans during West Brom win

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Arsenal fans were once again forced to wait to see Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the same starting XI against West Brom on Monday night.

Lacazette and Sanchez were both handed starts by Arsene Wenger, while Ozil took a seat on the bench having recently recovered from an injury.

This weekend's game against Brighton will most likely see the trio play together for the first time - not that Arsenal really needed Ozil against West Brom in the end.

A brace from Lacazette secured a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Gunners, who were only really tested defensively in the first half.

It was the Frenchman and Sanchez who ran the show at the Emirates Stadium with their pace, flare and movement.

Indeed, it was Sanchez's free-kick in the 20th minute that set up Lacazette's opener when it hit the crossbar and fell straight to his feet.

Sanchez cut a frustrated figure when he was replaced by Ozil late on, though you can hardly blame him having yet to open his Premier League account for the season.

Laurent Koscielny believes the Chilean must remain patient, though. He said before the game: "Alexis is an important player for us. I know it was a difficult situation with the transfer window.

"But now it's finished and I think he is focused on his job, on his performance and on his club. He's an Arsenal player.

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"He knows that he needs to play and he needs to score some goals and give assists to be better.

"He's still working every day like he did before, so the most important thing is to keep his head cool and just play and enjoy."

Sanchez may be struggling for goals in the Premier League at present, but it hasn't affected his confidence.

On so many occasions against West Brom the Chile international tried to produce a moment of magic, whether it be a piece of skill or killer through ball.


There was one instance, though, that infuriated Arsenal fans.

In the video below, with the Gunners only 1-0 up, Sanchez tried to be cocky by controlling the ball and then doing some kick-ups - but he failed.

Instead, Sanchez kept the ball up for a matter of seconds, lost control and then gave possession away for West Brom to break. It's not the first time it's happened either.

And don't be fooled by the video's caption, it cuts off just as Sanchez is about to lose the ball.


Sanchez's attempted trickery didn't go down with Arsenal fans, who think he needs to stop trying to do kick ups in dangerous areas because they're putting the team under pressure.


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