Gunners boss talks up Chilean ace.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that new signing Alexis Sanchez has all of the necessary qualities to be a success in the Premier League in an interview on the club’s official site.
The 25-year-old joined the club from Barcelona earlier this month and he will soon join up with his new teammates following an extended break for participating in the World Cup with Chile.
And Wenger expressed his delight at bringing the exciting attacker on board by claiming that there were a number of reasons that made him spring for his signing.
“The fact that he’s efficient, the fact that he’s good off the ball,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “He runs at people with the ball and he’s a very versatile striker.
“He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England. He’s brave, works hard and all these qualities together made me go for him.
“At the moment he might play on the flank because Walcott is injured. As well [he can play] through the middle in some games; we can play with Giroud, we can play without Giroud in a 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3.
“That’s why he is a major signing for us [and] that’s why we spend a lot of money on him. He has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.”
Wenger also believes that Sanchez’s natural hunger for the game makes him stand out from the rest and believes that will see him make a substantial contribution in the upcoming campaign.
“We have seen at the World Cup the South American teams have shown a great passion, great desire and true love for the game,” he said. “That is a very important quality in the success of a player.
“Our society maybe doesn’t give a natural toughness anymore as much as South American society does and it’s always an asset in your life when you have to work hard to get where you are. It means at least you are capable of finding the resources to do it.”