Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that before Alexis Sanchez made the move to the Emirates, there were several other clubs making offers for the Chile international, according to reports from Goal.com.
Liverpool were close to signing Sanchez at the beginning of the campaign, but the former Barcelona star chose to join Wenger’s side instead.
And Wenger explained that the 26-year-old was extremely keen on joining Arsenal because the club is somewhere that Sanchez wanted to play at.
“Alexis has played in Italy, in Spain and he moved clubs – that of course helps,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“The second part is that the move is a reward for what he really wanted. Alexis had a few options and he chose us because he felt that’s where he wanted to go. Sometimes a player moves somewhere and it’s not the choice that he deeply wanted. In his case, I think he really wanted to join us.
“On the pitch, the player has his needs. I felt that he came into a team that plays in an [attacking] way, where he can express his talent with freedom. It works out well for him. That helps.
“After, another step is that a team welcomes you with the values that you rate, and that in some parts of the team, you can feel at home when you need it sometimes.
“That means there are people inside the squad with a similar culture. For example we have plenty of Spanish-speaking people and I believe that helps to integrate people well.”
Sanchez has been in scintillating form for the Gunners this season, in which he’s already scored 17 goals in all competitions.
The Chilean started his career at Cobreloa, before Serie A side Udinese signed him on a £1.7million fee in 2006.
However, Sanchez was sent back on loan for two seasons at Colo-Colo and then River Plate, and returned to Italy in 2008 before bursting into the scene in the 2010-2011 season, scoring 12 goals for the Bianconeri ahead of a £23million move to Barcelona.