Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Arsenal has been hailed by pretty much all footballing figures who have been asked about it.
The Chile international forward officially joined the Gunners from Barcelona on a long-term deal for an undisclosed transfer fee on Thursday.
Many well-known former footballers such as Ian Wright, Robbie Fowler and Ray Parlour believe that the 25-year-old will be a great addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad (click here to read more).
Warm welcome to Mr Alexis Sanchez. Media can say what they like about Mesut! With these 2 for starters, Arsenal are back in the game baby!— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) July 11, 2014
Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov has gone a step better, claiming that Arsenal have signed the best player Barcelona had.
‘Because of some who do not understand football, we have to sell the best player we had at Barca’, Marca quotes him as saying. ‘He is the best player for speed and fighting. He fights for every ball and plays for the team. I like his mentality. He is a decisive player who plays for the team and never gives up’.
Stoichkov is a Barcelona legend, having won La Liga five times and the Champions League once among other trophies during his time at Camp Nou.
It is clear that the 48-year-old criticises the Barcelona board for selling Sanchez after three rather impressive seasons, but is he right in claiming that the 25-year-old is the best player Barcelona had?
There is Lionel Messi in the team, of course –a player widely regarded as the best in the world and one of the greatest of all time.
However, the qualities of Sanchez that Stoichkov underlines are why he is set to be a huge success at Arsenal.
A player with pace, power and skills, the former Colo-Colo star can function both as a wide forward and as a winger.
With Mesut Ozil pulling the strings from midfield, with his pace and tricks, Sanchez will be able to collect the Germany international playmaker’s through-balls much better than the likes of Olivier Giroud did last season.
Ozil forged a great partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo during his three years at Real Madrid, and he could do something similar with Sanchez at Arsenal.