Arsenal under Arséne Wenger are known for finding and developing players into top-quality stars, and then selling them to immediate rivals. It’s a trend they followed even this time around, with Alexis Sanchez’s move to Man Utd.
The forward had virtually gone on strike last summer for a proposed move to Man City, but the deal failed to materialise, as the Gunners took too long to sort out a replacement.
A second attempt at signing the Chilean by the Cityzens was hijacked by their neighbours, and Sanchez completed his jump over the Emirates’ walls, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.
However, things have hardly gone as planned for the talented winger, as Red Devils supporters are yet to see a performance that is even close to his best.
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The former Barcelona man has only managed to net a single goal in his first 10 appearances, which has led many Gooners to believe they received the better end of the deal.
However, boss Arséne Wenger did not share this belief, and the Chilean international has now revealed what the French tactician said to him before his departure to Old Trafford.
“He was very fond of me and he didn’t want to let me go,” the 29-year-old told Chilean television, as per Mirror.
“He told me, ‘I want you to sign here because you are the best player in the team.’
“I wanted to continue growing as a player, more so as a Chilean, because it’s difficult to get to Man Utd. No Chilean had played here. Arsene understood it at last, we ended up on good terms, he congratulated me and there was no problem.”
It’s no secret that Wenger was fully aware of the brilliance the mercurial forward brings to the squad.