When Barcelona line up against Arsenal on Tuesday evening, Alexis Sanchez can find comfort in the knowledge that he would probably be watching on from the bench had he not left Camp Nou in 2014.
The Chilean star opted to quit the Spanish giants, swapping Europe's leading club for north London in a £35million deal. He had enjoyed a semi-successful spell for Barcelona, scoring 47 goals in 141 appearances across three seasons.
However, with Luis Suarez arriving from Liverpool and Leo Messi set to move back out to the wing, there seemed to be little or no space in Catalonia for Sanchez. Barcelona put him up for sale and Arsene Wenger welcomed him with open arms.
Leading up to the match, the 27-year-old has admitted that leaving Barcelona – his dream club – was a difficult decision, but he has no regrets for doing so. He is loving life at the Emirates and believes his choice to quit was a good one.
"It wasn't easy to leave Barcelona," he told the Sunday Mirror as per Sky Sports. "I fulfilled a dream when I moved there - to play in Spain and for the champions - but very few players stay in the same club all their life. To leave is normal.
"I wanted a new project, a new experience. And with so many attacking players at Barca, it was a good choice to go... it has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal."
It has also been a very positive move for the Gunners. Despite a massive financial outlay to bring Sanchez to the Premier League, any Arsenal fan would pay the £35m all over again just to keep the energetic forward at the club.
Sanchez has become a shining star in the Premier League and is widely considered to be one of the best attacking players in the division. He has 35 goals and 18 assists in just 78 appearances and will start against his former club as one of the biggest threats against them.
His campaign has been marred by a mixture of exhaustion and injury and his cameo against Hull City in the FA Cup on Saturday was hardly his finest performance. But he now represents Arsenal's best hope of winning major silverware this season. He can start by bagging a couple against his former club on Tuesday.
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