New signing Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation for Arsenal so far this season and the Gunners faithful may be even more thankful for him after it was revealed that Liverpool actually made a bigger bid in the summer to land him from Barcelona.
According to Sport, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger were immediately making moves for the Chile international once it became clear that the Camp Nou club were considering letting him leave after the World Cup in Brazil.
Both Premier League clubs tabled bids for him but the offer out of Anfield was €46million, which was the best part of €4million more than the figure put down by their counterparts at Emirates Stadium.
The report claims that although Barcelona, obviously, would have preferred to accept the Liverpool bid, Sanchez asked them to instead take Arsenal's offer instead as that was the club he wished to join and he did so in a deal worth in the region of £35million, signing a contract worth around £150,000-a-week.
the 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in only 16 matches so far this season.
Working with Wenger and moving to a club that consistently qualify for the Champions League each year were the factors that had made up his mind. It has proved to be a personal success so far, as the 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in only 16 matches so far this season.
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His ninth and tenth came in a 3-0 win over the Burnley, where he put in a man of the match display. It was his second match-winning turn in a week after he pounced twice to down Sunderland in the Gunners previous league fixture.
the Italian has failed to even look interested so far
Despite these performances coming against two of the Premier League's weaker sides, Sanchez has really been the only bright spot for his new club in the last few matches. He is quickly becoming the key man in Wenger's starting XI.
The Frenchman will now be hoping his club's first back-to-back wins of the season will energise the players in to upping their respective games heading into a testing November and December fixture list.
Meanwhile, the man Sanchez was lined up to replace, Luis Suarez, is being sorely missed at Liverpool, who fell to another defeat at the weekend in a disappointing showing at Newcastle United.
Mario Balotelli was eventually brought in to try and make up for the Uruguayan, who was sold to Barcelona in a £75million deal that precipitated Sanchez becoming available, but the Italian has failed to even look interested so far.
Sanchez is now being likened to Suarez
Balotelli's ineffectiveness has been compounded by the fact that another of last season's top performers in front of goal, Daniel Sturridge, has been sidelined for over 11 matches with thigh and calf injuries.
That Sanchez is now being likened to Suarez after his blistering start to the season is probably that little bit more painful for fans of the Reds.
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