Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains why Alexis Sanchez has fitted in so well

The Chilean has scored 18 goals for the club since joining from Barcelona.

In the summer Arsenal snapped up Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. With competition fierce in Catalonia for first-team football the attacker made the bold choice to come to England, which has so far looked like a very good decision.

Now his manager has been speaking about the move and why Alexis has settled in so quickly to life in North London. He told the official Arsenal website:

“Alexis has played in Italy, in Spain and he moved clubs - that of course helps. The second part is that the move is a reward for what he really wanted.

“Alexis had a few options and he chose us because he felt that’s where he wanted to go. Sometimes a player moves somewhere and it’s not the choice that he deeply wanted. In his case, I think he really wanted to join us.

Wenger also revealed the presence of Spanish speakers at the club helped. Arsenal have the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal, Joel Campbell, Hector Bellerin and plenty more whose native tongue is Spanish. Undoubtedly that helped him feel at home:

"In some parts of the team, you can feel at home when you need it sometimes.

“That means there are people inside the squad with a similar culture. For example we have plenty of Spanish-speaking people and I believe that helps to integrate people well.”

Sanchez has been an instant hit for The Gunners. In his 34 games for the club he has notched 18 goals this season and his swashbuckling style of play has certainly endeared himself to the Emirates faithful.

At the moment Sanchez is going through something of a dry patch. He has not scored since January 11th and has had to battle a niggling injury during that time period.

But despite going goalless he was excellent in the FA Cup win against Middlesbrough at the weekend and is certainly the driving force behind any Champions League push from The Gunners for the rest of this season.

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