Manchester City’s injury problems and the sourcing of replacements will only increase speculation about the forward’s Arsenal future
Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. To some of an Arsenal stripe Alexis Sánchez has long since crossed the line from shimmering genius to incorrigible soloist and dressing-room malcontent; to others he remains the primary source of light in a team whose default setting, certainly in away fixtures such as this, has become insidiously stodgy.
On an evening that came to be dominated by Mike Dean’s interpretation of the handball law, there were few definitive clues as to how Arsenal might best proceed in January, when their talisman’s future will be under harsher scrutiny than ever. Once again, their most telling flourish came from his boot; once again, it would have masked deeper issues had they been allowed to see out the win.