Relationship between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chilean star Alexis Sanchez has reportedly broken down.
Earlier on Monday, Wenger dismissed reports of a training-ground bust-up involving star forward Alexis Sanchez as "completely false".
"I understand you have to feed the newspaper and we respect that", a calm Wenger said.
The 28-year-old has been Arsenal's talisman this season, scoring 20 goals in 35 appearances for the club so far.
"I explained after the game I chose to go for a more direct option - that was the unique reason for my decision".
"He is a committed player and sometimes has excessive behaviours but you have that in every squad", Wenger argued.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson, who was stunned by Wenger's decision, admits it could be the final straw in Sanchez's patience with the club. He was confronted by team-mates on their return to the changing room as tempers flared.
Dubbing Sanchez as a great player, Wenger said that it was not an easy decision to make.
PSG are now in a rich vein of form following the recent performances of their attack after the 4-0 Champions League round-of-16 first-leg thrashing of Barcelona and the 5-1 mauling of bitter rivals Marseille at the Stade Velodrome in Ligue 1 last months. That can be attributed to two factors: poor defending from the midfield back, and the inexplicable decision to rest Alexis Sanchez until the second half. The defensive players effectively ordered Vieira and Petit to focus harder on preventing the opposition coming through.
Reports had claimed that Wenger's patience with Sanchez had finally snapped last week. Before the game, Liverpool had just won one out of their nine Premier League meetings at Anfield. So all he's basically done is miss 45 minutes of football and the fact he was on the bench heightens the story even more'.
Sanchez, who came on at the beginning of the second half, made an immediate impact for the Londoners as they pulled one goal back in the tie.
Wenger realized his error at halftime, throwing Sanchez on for the second half, but Liverpool was 2-0 ahead by then after goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and on its way to a 3-1 victory that lifted Juergen Klopp's team above Arsenal and into third place.
Arsene Wenger stated in the post-match press conference that they had chose to go for a more direct approach which is the reason why someone strong in the air, like Olivier Giroud was selected ahead of Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal was much improved with Sanchez on the field and he set up Danny Welbeck's goal in the 57th minute with a pass through the heart of Liverpool's defense.
"Our performance was not at the level we expect in the first half but that is down to a lack of rhythm, we have not played for a while", said Wenger.