Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal are better for me than Barcelona

Chilean star Alexis Sanchez believes that the Arsenal style suits his game more than the famous Barcelona tiki-taki.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez believes that the Gunners’ style of football is benefiting him and allowing him to reach a level he couldn’t quite achieve while at Barcelona.

The Chilean international traded the Nou Camp for North London in the summer after failing to express himself with the Catalan outfit.

His spell with the La Liga giants was by no means a failure, but playing in the shadows of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi would be tough for any player and ultimately limited his impact.

So far at the Emirates, the former Udinese forward has been the main man, scoring nine Premier League goals in 13 matches and enjoying his finest run of form throughout his whole career.

When quizzed on the reason behind his current surge of fabulous form, Sanchez revealed that the style of play and freedom at the Gunners is allowing him to express himself in the best possible way.

“It cost me a lot to adapt to playing the Barcelona way,” he told the Times.

“The first year was OK and then the second year I was better, but I needed time. Arsenal play beautiful football, but Barcelona play in a way that no other team in the world does.

“English football is more direct, more end to end, but I like that. It suits the way I want to play. My team-mates have helped me adapt. If my team-mates were not so good, then I would not have done so well.

“It is that easy. The quality here is impressive. You only need to take a glance around [a training session] to see that. It is the same level, more or less, as there was at Barcelona. We do different things in training, but player for player, it is just about the same.”

Aside from his goals, Sanchez has been a superb creative force this season, averaging 2.6 key passes and 2.9 dribbles per match.

The 25-year-old has played a total of 27 games for club and country so far this season, prompting boss Arsene Wenger to plan an imminent week rest for the attacker.

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