Chilean winger Alexis Sánchez pulled his hamstring at Norwich City on Sunday, but he could have had a more serious injury in the first half of the game.
With the ball out of play on the sidelines, a stupid and dangerous push from Norwich defender Ryan Bennett sent the Arsenal forward into a camera pit.
He had this to say after the game.
Genuinely was trying to stop not push Sanchez just to clear that up
— Ryan Bennett (@ryanbennett_22) November 29, 2015
Trying to stop and not push? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Two hands in the back, looks like a push to me. Reckless and stupid, the ball and Alexis were both already off the pitch. He was lucky not to land in the concrete pit head first, which could have resulted in any sort of serious injury.
Last season, Arsenal fans saw Mathieu Debuchy pushed by idiotic Stoke player Marko Arnautovic. The French defender dislocated his shoulder and was out for months, but the Austrian went unpunished.
The FA can’t make the same mistake again with Bennett, as footballers need to learn not to act so stupidly.
It’s dangerous play and it puts the health of a fellow professional at risk. Just like Arnautovic last season, Bennett has already been let off by the referee. Now it’s down to the FA to throw the book at him. The worst thing is that Alexis had no opportunity to react, such is the nature of a push in the back.
Momentum carried him; he couldn’t anticipate what was about to happen, and he couldn’t stop himself. Lucky not to be seriously hurt, Alexis’ annoyance was obvious but referee Jon Moss decided not to act.
Bennett’s push was cowardly and snide and needs to be punished.