Thierry Henry criticises Arsene Wengers decision not to rest Alexis Sanchez before Chilean star went off with hamstring issue

Thierry Henry criticises Arsene Wenger's decision not to rest Alexis Sanchez before Chilean star went off with hamstring issue Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury against NorwichHe pulled up when chasing to contest the ball with Ryan Bennett, and went down clutching the back of his right leg in the 57th minuteThierry Henry believes Arsene Wenger should have rested the ChileanHe also thinks Sanchez should have been taken out towards the end of Arsenal's 3-0 Champions League home victory over Dinamo ZagrebEarlier in the week Wenger admitted Sanchez 'had a little hamstring alarm'

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Thierry Henry has spoken out against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's choice to play Alexis Sanchez against Norwich City given that the Chilean maestro aggravated an existing hamstring concern in the Sunday afternoon fixture.

The Gunners great-turned Sky Sports pundit spoke of his bewilderment that Sanchez started at Carrow Road, and was not taken off towards the end of Arsenal's 3-0 home victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League Group F match on Tuesday.

Earlier in the week Henry's former boss, Wenger admitted that the 26-year-old, 'had a little hamstring alarm' but that, 'spontaneously, it is not maybe the best moment to rest Sanchez'.

Thierry Henry has spoken out against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's choice to play Alexis Sanchez

Thierry Henry has spoken out against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's choice to play Alexis Sanchez

Chilean star Sanchez went off holding his hamstring after pulling up with an injury in the second half

Chilean star Sanchez went off holding his hamstring after pulling up with an injury in the second half

Earlier in the week Henry's former boss, Wenger admitted that the 26-year-old, 'had a little hamstring alarm'

Earlier in the week Henry's former boss, Wenger admitted that the 26-year-old, 'had a little hamstring alarm'

But Wenger's decision proved incorrect as Sanchez pulled up in the 57th minute when chasing to contest the ball with Canaries defender Ryan Bennett, and went down clutching the back of his right leg.

And when asked by Sky Sports reporter, Geoff Shreeves if the amount of football Sanchez has played contributed to the problem, the Frenchman said: 'Look, you can say that but at the moment, on the striker front, we have not much choice because (Danny) Welbeck is out, (Theo) Walcott is out, (Alex Oxlade-) Chamberlain is just coming back.' 

The 66-year-old then suggested that travelling to South America for international duty with Chile would not have helped Sanchez, before saying: 'I would have rested him today but he felt perfectly alright before the game and he declared that he had no problem.'

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However, when the interview concluded, 38-year-old Henry stated: 'I can feel for Arsene, in a way, you're playing for the title, you're coming here, you need to win; obviously if you ask Alexis Sanchez if he's OK he's going to say 'yes'. If not, if the guy says 'no', then he might as well leave the club, you're there to play.

'But I think you almost don't have to ask him anything if you want to rest him. I personally wouldn't have liked that when I was a player but then you take it on the chin and you see the bigger picture because you want to be out there and play for the whole season.

'He plays for Chile, travels 14 hours there and back, he plays every game but even when the game is won sometimes he will still go and put some pressure on teams... I'm not a coach, I don't know how it is with all the pressure of players - I know I was a pain in the neck when you take me out in the game - but I thought at the time, the game was won against Dinamo Zagreb; he scored, he had a good game, he didn't get injured, 20 minutes to go, take him out.'

Wenger said that travelling to South America for international duty with Chile would not have helped Sanchez

Wenger said that travelling to South America for international duty with Chile would not have helped Sanchez

After taking the lead on the half-hour mark against Norwich through Mesut Ozil, Arsenal wilted, particularly after recalled striker Lewis Grabban levelled things up for Alex Neil's men on 43 minutes.

And Henry was critical of his old north London side, remarking, 'I thought Arsenal died, physically, at one point' before adding: 'I think at the beginning of the second half, Arsenal dropped. To have Robbie Brady at the end of the game saying that he believed that they should have won, that speaks volumes to me. 

'And I won't disagree with that. I think, in the second half it looked like they were going to score, and not so much Arsenal. 

'Yes, Arsenal had the possession as you expect, they passed the ball around the box, crosses, but in all fairness they only had three shots on target and that was all, in the game. I thought that they didn't look fresh enough in the second half.'

Sanchez pulled up in the 57th minute when chasing to contest the ball with Canaries defender Ryan Bennett

Sanchez pulled up in the 57th minute when chasing to contest the ball with Canaries defender Ryan Bennett

To his credit, Wenger agreed with his former star hitman, revealing: 'I think we were a bit jaded physically, and we had to dig deep to get our game going... in the second half we tried and had a lot possession but you could see that the penetration in the final third was not sharp enough, not incisive enough.'

Arsenal's injury crisis deepened as centre half Laurent Koscielny went off with a hip issue in the 11th minute, to be replaced by Gabriel Paulista, who was at fault for Norwich's equaliser, and Santi Cazorla 'played on one leg in final part of second half', according to Wenger, with a knee problem.

Wenger will hope his three new fitness concerns are not too serious, with his club due to take on a rejuvenated Sunderland side at home in the Premier League next Saturday, before playing Olympiacos in a make-or-break Champions League tie in Greece on the following Wednesday.

Wenger will hope his fitness concerns are not too serious, with his club due to take on rejuvenated Sunderland

Wenger will hope his fitness concerns are not too serious, with his club due to take on rejuvenated Sunderland

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