Alexis Sanchez reaction to substitution 'a minor incident,' says Arsene Wenger

The Chilean player was visibly irate with being withdrawn during Arsenal's win over Swansea

Alexis Sanchez reaction to substitution 'a minor incident,' says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down the frustration of Alexis Sanchez after being substituted during their win over Swansea yesterday.

Sanchez was replaced in the 79th minute of their 4-0 victory in which Sanchez scored a goal.

The Chilean international kicked his gloves away after coming off, a moment which Wenger described as 'a minor, minor, minor' incident. 

Sanchez is coming into the final 18 months of his contract with Arsenal, and it's understood that nothing has been confirmed about a renewal of his deal yet, according to Sky Sports.

Wenger says that he can understand why Sanchez was aggravated by the decision and underlined his importance to the team.

"Looking at the game tonight, that is really minor, minor, minor. All players are frustrated when they come off - some show it, some don't. I am long enough in the job to know that.

"He's a good guy who gives a lot and wants to do well, always, for the team. There is no problem. But every culture is different. Some South Americans are a bit different to Europeans, Southern Europeans are different to northern Europeans. You have to respect that. That's why we are a multi-national team."

"Look, he is hugely influential, Sanchez, but we also had players on the bench who are strikers, who need competition. We were 4-0 up."