Former Arsenal midfielder-turned-pundit Stewart Robson is notoriously critical of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after he decided to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez against his wishes.
The Chile international was expected to be on his way to Manchester City on transfer deadline day, but the Gunners' inability to find a replacement pulled the plug on the proposed deal.
Speaking on ESPN, Robson insists that Sanchez should have been offloaded to City, and doubts whether the attacker will give his 100 per cent on the playing field, he said: "Here’s a player who doesn’t want to be at the club. Last year when Arsene Wenger dropped him against Liverpool, he put it out in the press that Alexis Sanchez doesn’t do as much running as people said he did. He wasn’t such a good team player as people said he was, they hung him out to dry."
The former Gunner added that the 28-year-old will act as if he is injured for most of the time with the view to preparing himself for the World Cup with Chile, he added: "I think, with the World Cup year, at Arsenal he will be injured most of the time, he will just keep himself ticking along, he won’t give maximum performance and he will be ready for Chile."
Sanchez and Chile suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier last weekend, and this has pegged them to fourth in their group. The Copa America holders are due to host Bolivia in their next qualifier on September 5th, and anything less than a win could put them under potential threat of dropping further down the standings.
Arsenal take on Bournemouth in their next league outing on September 9, and the Gunners fans will expect nothing less than a win following their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool before the international break.