Alexis Sanchez can bring the 'Ronaldinho effect' to Arsenal

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2003 is one of the most crucial years in the history of FC Barcelona. No, it was not a treble winning year nor was it even a particularly successful year. It was, however, the start of something special, the foundations which would go onto to support the greatest club of the modern era.

Ronaldinho was signed in the summer of 2003 and the impact the Brazilian had at the Nou Camp is arguably the most important of any player, even more so than Lionel Messi.

At the time Barcelona were at best an average side, success had deserted them and the team lacked superstar quality.


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Ronaldinho changed all that with his goals, skills and general approach to the game. He was universally respected and was the man who started the ball rolling, bringing league titles and Champions Leagues back to Catalunya.

He even once received a standing ovation at the Bernabeu in 3-0 win for Barcelona. His two solo goals are possibly two of the finest in the famous 'El Classico' fixture.

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The great Barcelona sides of the last few years owe a great debt to the mercurial Brazilian who changed the face of the club.

Arsenal comparison

Now 2014 might just be as important year for Arsenal. The club may have just won an FA Cup but the team had performed poorly towards the end of the season and fans had a rather bleak view for the future of the team.

Step forward Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was signed for £35m and his impact for the club so far has been unquestionably important.

Despite Mesut Ozil's signing the summer before being touted as the signing which changed Arsenal's image, the German playmaker was never going to make the eye-catching impact of Sanchez.

Why not Ozil?

Ozil's quality is often undermined as to the naked eye it may appear that he is in fact doing nothing. He is an artist in the shadows and his effect on the team has been crucial but not one that will make the headlines in the media.

Sanchez is different. His eye for the spectacular and quality was crucial to Arsenal's season and at times many doubted whether top four would have possible without the Chilean.

Eden Hazard may have been crowned the Player of the Year for 2014/15 but Alexis Sanchez was undoubtedly the most exciting spectacular player of the season.

True positivity

He is often praised by opposition fans and has brought about a sense of true positivity Arsenal which has not been seen for some years.

While the Barcelona standard of success may not arrive at the Emirates there is now a certain buzz at the club with the feeling that something special may be coming.

Players like Ronaldinho and Alexis Sanchez have the ability to not only win you games but win you titles and can help build an era of success.

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