Not only did Alexis Sanchez win over the Arsenal fans with his brilliant debut season as a Gunner, he won over the football media and a lot of fans from other clubs as well, highlighted this week when he was voted as the Premier League Player of the Year by the fans.
Coming from the Catalan giants Barcelona we knew that the Chile international was going to bring great technical ability to north London with him but I think it has been his attitude that has been the most impressive. His burning desire to win linked with a never say die mindset and a willingness to work his socks off all over the pitch and not just look for the glory of goals have made him understandably an instant fans favourite.
So we Arsenal fans really did not need any more reasons to love the guy but he has just given us one anyway. Reminding us at the same time that our BPL rivals Liverpool were desperate to include him in the deal that took Luis Suarez to Barca, Alexis has spoken about his decision to choose Arsenal.
And as revealed in a Daily Star report, Alexis has never regretted that decision. The fantastic forward declared that it was not the London life that lured him to Arsenal as claimed with a large handful of sour grapes by Brendan Rodgers, but the club itself.
Alexis 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.”
And so it is proving, just as Alexis was the perfect player for Wenger to add to his young and talented squad. Let’s hope that we continue to grow together and make another FA cup trophy just one of many top honours…