"Arsenal is a great team… that is why I am here."
Those are the opening words spoken by Chilean strike sensation Alexis Sanchez who completed his transfer from Barcelona to North London just yesterday and the title-hungry forward is determined to help Arsene Wenger build on the club's FA Cup success last season by banking an elusive Premier League crown.
The 25-year-old arrives at the Emirates Stadium with his peak years as a footballer and an athlete ahead of him, however, last term in 27 La Liga starts, Sanchez demonstrated how creative an attacker he can truly be as he was responsible for providing 47 key passes, ten assists and scored 19 goals from 66 attempts on goal.
That form translated well to the international stage as Sanchez was key to Chile's stand-out performances at the World Cup. The South American side may have been eliminated in the first knockout round, yet their 3-1 and 2-0 wins over Australia and Spain respectively saw them emerge as electric world-level performers - and it was Sanchez who carried them to that status.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in Brazil and would have been aware of the buzz Sanchez was creating. As it turns out, the Frenchman was crucial in Sanchez's desire to join the N5 roster when he was coveted by other teams like Liverpool and Juventus.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I was told that [Wenger] is a manager you can learn a lot with. He wants to achieve great things in football and that helped me make the decision to sign for Arsenal. His style of play is the sort of style the Chilean national team has. Therefore I am used to it."
Sanchez played high up on the right flank for Barca last season, a position Theo Walcott has begun to make his own at Arsenal. Currently, there is debate over whether Sanchez has been brought in to provide competition to Walcott on the right, or whether Wenger has designs on transforming the player into a centre forward.
"The manager has mentioned some certain positions, but I am not worried about it right now. The manager and I will talk about my role as soon as I start training."
The significance of luring a player of Sanchez's calibre to Arsenal underlines a: the financial firepower the North London club now enjoy and b: their ability to snap up elite-level talent, despite interest from other big clubs. The Gunners bucked their trend of not being able to spend big last summer, when Wenger broke an in-house transfer record by bringing in Mesut Ozil for a £42.4 million fee from Real Madrid.
Said Sanchez: "Ozil is an important player worldwide, both at club and at international level. With Ozil in the squad Arsenal were [close] to winning the league title [last season]. I hope I can make a contribution so we can win as many titles as possible.
"Arsenal had a good season [last year]," he added. "The team not only plays really good football, but the squad is really good and we can win silverware.
"Playing regularly wasn't the only reason why I came here. I came here to win the league title, the Champions League and every title at stake," concluded the superstar.