Hector Bellerin has revealed he thought that Alexis Sanchez’s demands were a bit too much, and also gave his view on the celebration controversy against Crystal Palace.
Bellerin was asked to speak at the Oxford Union, a debating society that’s been around since the 1800s, earlier this month.
He addressed many issues during the talk, including the Alexis Sanchez situation.
The Spaniard was complimentary about Sanchez’s attitude during his final months at the club, though did mention that his desire to win could be over-bearing.
“Alexis is an amazing player,” Bellerin said, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“One of the best in the Premier League for sure but he is a player who always wants to win.
“He demands from everyone, sometimes it can be too much. The great thing is he wants to win, to give 100 per cent.
“This season maybe things weren’t going as well for him but I truly believe he was giving 100 per cent.”
Much was made of the team’s celebration after Sanchez scored in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace back in December.
Only half the team celebrated with the forward, leading to speculation that there was a rift among the players.
Bellerin was one of those who didn’t celebrate, but he explained that he was talking with his fellow defender about tactics.
“There was one game against Crystal Palace. We celebrated a goal and some of the players went I stayed back, I was talking to Calum Chambers because there was some tactical stuff. For me that was more important than celebrating the goal.”
The team have long since moved on from that incident.
Sanchez left the club in January and there was a positive mood around the club, albeit only for a couple of weeks.
Now that he’s gone, we have other serious issues to focus on.