Sanchez has ‘social contract’ to do well for Arsenal against Man City- Wenger

Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium was frustrating for two ­attacking players of whom much was expected this season. But their managers both insist that better times are on the way.

Alexis Sanchez started the ­2017-18 campaign late after representing Chile in the Confederations Cup, and disgruntled because a possible move to Manchester City failed to materialise. And it is probably no coincidence that he has yet to reach his previous heights.

True, he forced an excellent save from Swansea City and former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, but he was unable to contribute directly as the hosts turned a first-half deficit into victory just when it looked as though they were about to be the victims of the sort of shock result that Crystal Palace have inflicted on Chelsea and Huddersfield Town on Manchester United.

Instead, the praise went to Sead Kolasinac, the Bosnia-Herzegovina wing-back, who scored the equaliser and created the winner for Aaron Ramsey.

Sanchez, though, will inevitably be in the spotlight next weekend when Arsenal visit City. Arsene Wenger’s 801st league match promises to be even more challenging than Saturday’s 800th, but he believes he can count on Sanchez, even though City are ­expected to move for him again, ­either in January or when his ­contract expires in summer. He is not worried Sanchez might have ­divided loyalties in a match ­between his present and – in all probability – future clubs.

“No, I am not concerned,” he said. “Because I am not suspicious of the performances or the desire to win of a football player. When you are a football player, you have a social contract with the rest of the team and I never question that. Once you don’t respect that, it’s difficult to say that you play football.”

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