Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he feared Liverpool would hijack their move for Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez in the summer – but now believes that he would have taken him over Luis Suarez.
The Gunners famously made a bid of £40 million plus £1 for Suarez at the beginning of last season, and despite missing out on the Uruguayan, they managed to hold off firm interest from Liverpool this summer to land Sanchez for £35 million from Barcelona. According to Wenger, however, things were never easy when the deal was being discussed.
“Transfers at that level always take time to get every detail right so, because it takes time, you think always that somebody else can come,” the Frenchman said.
“I thought Liverpool was a serious candidate because they had Suarez going there [to Barcelona] so you could think that’s an easy way to do the deal but, at the end of the day, the player always has the decision.”
Sanchez has been on fire for the Gunners this season, scoring 14 goals in all competitions, and his success means that Wenger no longer has any regrets about missing out on Suarez last summer.
“It’s a style of play,” he said.
“Sanchez looks like he is made for the English game. He has a kind of game that is instinctive and tough.”
Arsenal travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
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