Arsene Wenger has revealed he thought Alexis Sanchez might have joined Liverpool in the summer, and declared that he didn’t know why the Chile international had opted for an Emirates Stadium move instead.
The powerful forward transferred from the Nou Camp to north London to the tune of £35 million, becoming Wenger’s flagship signing of 2014.
Since then he’s proven his worth time and again in Arsenal colours and without him they might not be nearly so assured of clinching a Champions League spot this year.
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And yet Wenger has now confirmed, as per the Daily Express, that it was very much touch and go with regards to the diminutive South American’s future last summer. Liverpool were known admirers of Sanchez and had plenty of money and good rapport with Barcelona thanks to their negotiations for the sale of Luis Suarez - which officially went through after Sanchez had joined Arsenal.
“I was aware of Liverpool’s interest but you never know [at the time] if it’s really true,” said Wenger.
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“But I thought it could be true because of Suarez.
“In the negotiations [for Sanchez], yes, it was a strength [Liverpool were already speaking with Barcelona about Suarez]. It made sense, an exchange and some money for Liverpool.
“At the end of the day only Sanchez can explain to you why he has chosen us. I don’t know why he did that but we were happy to let him make that decision.”
Happiness at his choice
Fans of the Gunners will no doubt be extremely happy that he opted for them over Anfield of course, particularly given how influential he’s been.
During the early stages of the season he was their man outlet for goals and, although the likes of Olivier Giroud have shown significant improvement as the season has progressed, he remains arguably their most important player in big games.
Indeed given Liverpool’s plight earlier on this campaign Brendan Rodgers must have been pondering what might have been. The lack of Suarez’s presence, coupled with a nasty injury picked up by Daniel Sturridge, left the Reds dangerously short of options in the final third, and Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert hardly did enough to sufficiently plug the gap.
Arsenal fans, how lucky are you to have Sanchez? Liverpool supporters, would you have excelled with him in your team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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