Hector Bellerin reacts to rumours of a split between Alexis Sanchez & Laurent Koscielny

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It was welcome return to form for Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Thursday evening.

Despite a miraculous five-minute revival to snatch a 3-3 draw against Liverpool, there was no hiding from the fact that Arsene Wenger's side were miles away from their best, particularly at the back.

Their form on the road has also been pretty poor, with only two wins coming away from the Emirates in the Premier League prior to their 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

It was the Alexis Sanchez show in south London, with the Chilean turning in perhaps his finest performance of the year vs the Eagles.

He chipped in with two goals and actually showed the heart and passion that has been missing for most of this season.

However, the victory was marred by rumblings of a rift between certain Arsenal players, most notably Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny.

Apparently, the Frenchman didn't celebrate with the Chilean, with many suggesting the two don't really get on.

There's been no official report supporting this theory and now, Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin has reacted to the rumours.

This should silence a few, most notably Thierry Henry and Graeme Souness, who kept referring to it in the Sky Sports studio.


Yeah, I think some may have been clutching at straws when they suggested there was a major rift.

Sanchez is clearly not the most popular player in the Arsenal squad, particularly with his current contract situation and known desire to go to Manchester City, but it is almost certain that this talk of a split has been blown out of proportion.


The Gunners legend told Sky Sports: "There is a division in the team. He is asking them to come. 'Why are they not coming? Don't you want to celebrate?'

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"You're not here for Alexis Sanchez, you're here for Arsenal. Arsenal scored. Go and celebrate. Whoever does it, we don't care about that, go and celebrate with your team-mate.

"Maybe we are reading too much into it but I noticed it. Sanchez made me notice it. It was like he thought he was alone."

Yes Thierry, you probably were reading a bit too much into it.

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