–Wenger says striker prefers Arsenal’s style and CL consistency
Arsene Wenger might feel like his judgment has been criticised at every turn in recent weeks, but no-one has dared to doubt the value of his swoop to beat Liverpool to the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
With 14 goals in 24 games since his £30million move from Barcelona, Sanchez has often seemed like the only thing separating Arsenal’s depleted side from the mid-table ordinariness which has plagued Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool since the exit of Luis Suarez.
How the teams would have coped if the Chilean had opted for Mersey- side instead of North London will never be known, and Wenger was taking no chances as he turned on the charm during the World Cup, stressing key factors like Arsenal’s style of play and their continuous presence in the Champions League.
Later, he became conscious that Liverpool might steal an edge as they went deeper into the Suarez deal with Barcelona.
‘I thought Liverpool was a serious candidate because they had Suarez going there,’ said Wenger. ‘You could think that’s an easy way to do the deal. It could happen. But, at the end of the day, every great player today has a choice to go where he wants to go. He has chosen us and we are very happy for that.
‘There were other clubs in for him as well. Transfers at that level always take time to get every detail right, so you think always that somebody else can come in, like Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich, to do the deal as well.’
Wenger, who was at the World Cup working for television, added: ‘I met his agent in Brazil a few times and we could talk about the transfer.