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Alexis Sanchez says Arsenal are his perfect club

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Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he chose to join Arsenal last summer because he believes the club match his ambition to achieve great things.

The Chilean became the second biggest signing in Arsenal's history last summer after completing a £35m move from Barcelona.

Having been put up for sale by the Nou Camp club a number of teams were interested in taking Sanchez, including Arsenal's Premier League rivals Liverpool.

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Brendan Rodgers saw Sanchez as the perfect man to replace Luis Suarez, who had recently arrived at Barcelona for £75m.

Liverpool were offering more money than the Gunners and had just finished higher than them in the Premier League, but Sanchez eventually agreed a £130,000-a-week deal to make the move to London.

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"I thought that Arsenal was the perfect club for me, the perfect club to win titles and compete in every competition."

The perfect club

Asked why he made such a decision, Sanchez told BT Sport that he believes Arsenal were and still are the perfect club for him.

He said: "The reason why I moved to Arsenal is because there were a group of young players with the ambition to achieve things.

"I thought that Arsenal was the perfect club for me, the perfect club to win titles and compete in every competition."

The difference

Winning the race for Sanchez certainly seems to have made the difference for Arsenal, who finished 13 points ahead of Liverpool and claimed third place.

Sanchez made a key contribution in Arsenal's Premier League season, scoring 16 goals in 34 starts as well as directly creating eight others. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, dropped out of the top four and scored almost half the amount of goals they scored last season (52 compared to 101).

FA Cup hero

Sanchez could take a step towards the Arsenal history books this Saturday when he plays in his first FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

The forward made the difference in the 2-1 win against Reading, scoring both goals to book Arsenal's place in a second consecutive final.

Having grown up watching the famous competition, Sanchez is desperate to come home with a winner's medal.

He said: "The FA Cup is a competition with amazing history. Today we watched a video about Arsenal’s previous wins and thanks to the clips I trained with even more motivation. I hope we can win the cup so the Arsenal supporters are happy."

The FA Cup Final is live on BT Sport. Watch all the build-up, including the full interview with Alexis Sanchez, on BT Sport 1 with a live preview show at 1pm from Wembley ahead of the live match coverage from 5pm.

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