Alright, so we do not yet know the exact amount of money that it cost Arsenal to secure the signature of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. But even taking away the fact that it rubbed the noses of Liverpool, their fans and former players in it, Arsene Wenger clearly feels that he has got a really good deal done.
The Frenchman has been talking to Arsenal Player about his new signing, and he has backed the Chile international to prove himself to be a real star in the Premier League. Sanchez, says the Prof, not only has all the attributes to survive and thrive at the top level, he is perfect for the Premier League as well.
That is because the 25-year old has plenty of power and aggression to go with his undoubted speed and technical ability. It sounds like Wenger sees some of Luis Suarez in him as well, the striker he tried to sign last summer and whose transfer to Barcelona has opened the door for us to get Sanchez. That South American will to win. Maybe we will see Wenger bring more players in from that continent in the future.
The Prof said, “The fact that he’s efficient, the fact that he’s good off the ball. He runs at people with the ball and he’s a very versatile striker.
“He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England. He’s brave, works hard and all these qualities together made me go for him.
“At the moment he might play on the flank because Walcott is injured. As well [he can play] through the middle in some games; we can play with Giroud, we can play without Giroud in a 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3.
“That’s why he is a major signing for us [and] that’s why we spend a lot of money on him. He has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.
“We have seen at the World Cup the South American teams have shown a great passion, great desire and true love for the game. That is a very important quality in the success of a player.
“Our society maybe doesn’t give a natural toughness anymore as much as South American society does and it’s always an asset in your life when you have to work hard to get where you are. It means at least you are capable of finding the resources to do it.”
I am sure the boss is right and cannot wait to see Sanchez tearing up the Premier League and Europe for the Gunners.