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Arsene Wenger: Three reasons why I signed Alexis Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger has revealed there were three key reasons for signing Alexis Sanchez, stating the Chilean forward's versatility, fighting spirit, and good combination of running and dribbling is what earned him a £35 million move from Barcelona last summer.

The 26-year-old has been the Gunners stand-out performer at the Emirates Stadium this term, and was named in the PFA team of the year in recognition of his impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.

Despite his fine form, Sanchez was unable to unlock a stubborn Chelsea defence during Sunday's 0-0 draw with the runaway leaders, which ended Arsenal's late title challenge once and for all this year.

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Speaking after yesterday's stalemate, Wenger was quoted saying by The Express: "When I bought Sanchez I thought he can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can play through the middle. That was an important quality.

"Secondly, I wanted someone who has a fighting spirit, to give something to the team on that front. That was needed – someone to say 'come on, I'm ready for a fight'.

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"Thirdly, I wanted a guy with a good combination of running in behind and can dribble as well. On all of that, I was not disappointed."

Sanchez still has a chance of finishing his first season in England with some silverware as Arsenal have an FA Cup final showdown with Aston Villa at Wembley to look forward to next month, thanks to the South American's brace against Reading in the previous round.

After winning last year's most prestigious domestic cup competition the Gunners are aiming to retain their trophy, whilst also securing qualification for next season's Champions League via a top four finish in the league - something they now appear on course for following an impressive run of results in 2015.

Gunners join Gundogan race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to rival Manchester United for the signature of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to German newspaper Bild, who claim the 24-year-old is set to quit Signal Iduna Park this summer.

The Gunners could face further competition for the Turkish-born Germany international, though, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both mooted as admirers of the Bundesliga star too.

Thierry Henry's big Premier League title claim

Arsenal will never win the Premier League title with Olivier Giroud as their main striker, according to club legend Thierry Henry, who says Arsene Wenger needs to replace the France international at the focal point of the Gunners attack if they want to challenge for major honours next season.

The fans favourite's controversial claim came in the aftermath of Sunday's goalless draw with soon-to-be-crowned champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, highlighting his belief that the 28-year-old is not good enough if the north London outfit harbour serious aspirations of ending their ten-year wait for the domestic crown.

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