Alexis Sanchez says he’s looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and firmly believes Arsenal’s squad can win silverware in the coming season.
The Chilean striker, who signed yesterday from Barcelona in a deal worth around £30 million, may join with a wealth of experience having played in his homeland, Argentina, Italy and Spain, but he insists the lure of the Emirates is the stuff of boyhood dreams.
“I feel happy to be here,” he told Arsenal Player in his first official interview.
“I know this club has a manager that looks after his players and takes care of them as well. I am here to win titles and to achieve as much as possible. Every child dreams to play in a ground like Emirates Stadium.”
“Arsenal is a club that cares about the players and I can learn a lot here. It is also a great team. That’s why I am here.”
It’s been widely reported that Wenger took time out from his television work in Brazil to finalise his seduction of Alexis in person; a meeting which appears to have made a big impression.
“I was told that he is a manager you can learn a lot with. He wants to achieve great things in football and that helped me make the decision to sign for Arsenal.
“He has mentioned some certain positions, but I am not worried about it right now. The manager and I will talk about my role as soon as I start training.
“Wenger’s style of play is the sort of style the Chilean national team has. Therefore I am used to it. Arsenal plays very well, which fits my style. That’s why I moved here.”
The second biggest signing in the Gunners’ history, Alexis also touched on the exciting opportunity to team up with last summer’s mega-signing, Mesut Ozil.
“Mesut Ozil is an important player worldwide, both at club and at international level. With Ozil in the squad Arsenal was [close] to winning the league title. I hope I can make a contribution so we can win as many titles as possible.
“We have a great squad and we are a big club. We can achieve big things.”
As you can probably tell, Arseblog News is pretty darn excited at the prospect of watching Alexis Sanchez strutting his stuff in the famous red and white.
He also seems like a pretty swell guy…the type who takes evasive action when spotting an endangered rabbit, saves it’s fluffiness from a wild boar and then diligently feeds the little chap daily even though it might make him late for training.