Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he told Alexis Sanchez he could help him develop his game in a bid to convince the Chilean superstar to opt for North London over Liverpool.
The 26-year-old attacker joined the Gunners in the summer for a reported £35 million fee from Barcelona, although his transfer was far from straightforward.
After seemingly struggling to find his feet at the Nou Camp, Sanchez became available for transfer towards the end of last season and his World Cup success drew attention from a number of clubs.
The North Londoners were always deemed as the most likely, but they had strong competition from fellow Premier League side Liverpool who were seeking a replacement for Luis Suarez.
As the Uruguayan headed to the Catalan club, Wenger feared a deal to see Sanchez move in the opposite direction prompting him to do everything necessary in order to land the Chilean sensation.
“Yes, I was worried Sanchez might go to Liverpool. It could have happened. But there were some other clubs that were in for him as well,” Wenger was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“I thought Liverpool was a serious candidate because they had Suarez going to Barcelona so you could think, it’s an easy way to do the deal. I met his agent in Brazil a few times and talked about the transfer.
“Sanchez did not have the number of games he wanted at Barcelona and I tried to convince him I could help him develop his game. That’s why he chose us in the end. And all players want to play Champions League.”
Sanchez has taken to life in the Premier League with ease, firing in nine goals and contributing with another five assists in 14 league starts.
The Emirates outfit head to the Reds on Sunday in a bid to strengthen their top-four push, and they will be hoping Suarez can cause his former suitors all sorts of trouble and silence the Anfield support.