Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has revealed that Gunners new boy, Alexis Sanchez, spoke to him just after he had officially agreed a long term contract with the club.
ESPN reports, that Arteta - who was speaking at Arsenal's grand unveiling of the new Puma kit in central London last night - explained that Sanchez is, "very excited" about getting started with the north London club.
The moment every Arsenal fan had been waiting for finally happened yesterday as it was confirmed that Chile forward Alexis Sanchez will be playing at the Emirates Stadium next season.
The 25-year-old, who signed from La Liga giants Barcelona, has not just boosted the hopes and dreams of the supporters but the players too, as Arteta expressed his excitement.
The Gunners captain spoke about how Sanchez cannot wait to begin the new stage of his career, and how he is just what the team needed.
“I spoke to him this morning. He said is very excited and wants to get involved as soon as possible and hopefully he can deliver," Arteta told reporters.
“I think we have been missing that pace in behind. Sometimes we played with [Santi] Cazorla, [Olivier] Giroud, [Jack] Wilshere up front – and we had no pace.
“Hopefully bringing in a player like Sanchez means we will only get better. We are going to need to do that because the other top teams are strengthening and it is going to be a very exciting Premier League.”
The signing of Sanchez marks another major turning point for Arsenal, who are finally starting to show real ambition in the transfer market, which ultimately makes them a much bigger force to be reckoned with.
He becomes the clubs second most expensive signing in their history, following on from the £42.5 million signing of German international Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, which sparked heavy praise for manager Arsene Wenger, as opposed to his previous heavy criticism.
Looking ahead to the new season, 32-year-old Arteta indicated how Sanchez can bring that special element and quality that could see them win more trophies.
He continued: “I’m very positive about next season. What the club has done today, signing Alexis Sanchez, is great,”
“Everyone was waiting for a big signing like this. He’s a proper player, he’s got experience, he’s got the technique and he’s got the pace.
“He had many options and he decided to join us which makes us very proud. He likes the sound of the Arsenal and I’m excited by his arrival.
“It’s a big statement for the club to say early on [in the transfer window], ‘OK let’s go and get one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.’
Meanwhile, Arsenal's other spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, also admitted his admiration for the Chile international, and that everybody at the club could not be more elated.
He also describes that the signing is a huge step towards the London club re-establishing themselves as major title contenders as they carry on from last season's FA Cup triumph.
“He’s a fantastic player and a first class player,” Cazorla said.
“He will bring even more quality to the side which is why we’re all very happy about it.
“We can focus on the new season and try to win the Premier League. The FA Cup win took a lot of pressure off us so it was great to end nine years without a trophy, it was very big. We will now go into the new season and try to achieve the same again.”
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