Cech defends under-fire Arsenal team-mate Sanchez

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Petr Cech leapt to the defence of Alexis Sanchez, who was criticised for laughing during the Champions League drubbing to Bayern Munich, insisting the under-fire Arsenal forward is hurting like everyone else.

Sanchez was pictured laughing with goalkeeper Cech on the bench after being substituted in the 5-1 loss to Bayern last week as Arsenal crashed out 10-2 on aggregate.

But Cech denied claims Sanchez – who is reportedly considering his future at the club – was laughing at Arsenal’s plight, labelling the accusations as “disrespectful”.

Cech also defended manager Arsene Wenger amid growing calls for the long-serving Frenchman to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Out of contract at the end of the season, Wenger’s future in London is far from certain with Arsenal 16 points off the pace in the Premier League and without a title since 2004.

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