Wenger explains why Arsenal spent big money on Sanchez

by Mark Bassey

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has pointed out Alexis Sanchez’s efficiency and versatility, as the reason why the Gunners paid a large chunk of transfer fee to Barcelona for his services.

The Chilean became Arsenal’s second most expensive signing ever, after they completed a 32m deal for him last week.

Liverpool tried to include the 25-year-old in the deal that saw Luis Suarez head to the Nou Camp, but in the end the forward chose to work with Wenger.

“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.”

The French manager also said that Sanchez has a natural hunger for the game and that will see him make a major impact in England.

“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.”

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