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Arsene Wenger reveals why Jadon Sancho ‘disappeared’ in Tottenham defeat

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Jadon Sancho blew hot and cold against Spurs (Picture: EPA)

Arsene Wenger claims Dortmund star Jadon Sancho ‘disappeared’ in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham because he could not handle the physicality of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Dortmund were on top during the opening 45 minutes but conceded just two minutes after the restart when Heung-Min Son volleyed in and Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente added two late goals.

Sancho was Dortmund’s standout performer during the first half but Spurs nullified his threat after the restart as they took control of the tie.

And Wenger believes the teenager struggled to deal with the physical nature of the challenges Spurs were putting in on him.

Fernando Llorente sealed a famous win for Spurs (Picture: Getty)

‘He disappeared,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.

‘When the game became more physical and he was beaten in many challenges.

‘Maybe he is still not used to the physical intensity during 90 minutes.

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‘I think he was impressive in the first half but he lost that penetration instinct he has naturally.

‘It didn’t come out with that at all in the second half.’

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Wenger revealed before the match that he tried to sign Sancho when he was at Manchester City.

‘It’s an incredible story because the pressure on these young boys from a young age is very big, Wenger told beIN Sports.

‘The second thing is the pressure form all the clubs.I say that freely because I wanted to take him from City when he didn’t get the games.

‘I tried to lure him – because he’s from London – I tried to get him to Arsenal. ‘I must say they get a lot of money before they have played games, that doesn’t improve their hunger. For these boys it’a test because they are rich before they play.’

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