Alexis Sanchez insists leaving Barcelona for Arsenal in 2014 was the “best choice” he could have made, and claims he absolutely loves playing for the north London club, as reported by the Daily Mail. With our clash against Barcelona just days away now, Alexis is naturally being quizzed about his former club.
The Chilean certainly didn’t struggle at Barcelona, and scored a huge number of goals during his time at the Nou Camp. He was far from the star of the show though, and with the arrival of stars like Neymar he eventually sought a move away.
Many might question the 27-year-old’s decision to swap the La Liga giants for Arsenal, but he claims he has no regrets whatsoever and truly loves it at Arsenal.
“I never regret my decisions”, he said.
“It wasn’t easy to leave Barcelona. I fulfilled a dream when I moved there – to play in Spain and for the champions – but very few players stay in the same club all their life. To leave is normal.
“I wanted a new project, a new experience. And with so many attacking players at Barca it was a good choice to go.
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“I think it was a good choice to go to Arsenal, the best choice. It has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal.”
While trophies are obviously important to any player, it’s not the sole factor that determines happiness or even success. Having spent time with Barcelona, Alexis obviously won a number of cups and titles. He’s unlikely to experience quite that level at Arsenal, but he’s already got his hands on silverware at the Emirates and should continue to do so.
On top of that, he appears to really have the faith of the manager, who unlike those at Barcelona views him as a key part of the club setup. Players are sometimes more suited to different clubs and their playing styles, and Alexis has certainly settled right in at Arsenal.
He had a record of 47 goals in 141 games at Barcelona, certainly not an unimpressive record for a wide player. At Arsenal he’s got 35 goals in 77 appearances though, which is absolutely phenomenal. His debut campaign at the club was superb, and although he hasn’t hit the same heights this season, he’s still been a massive player for us.
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He really does seem happy in London with Arsenal, so hopefully he’s with us for years to come and is able to recreate the form he showed in the 2014/15 campaign.