Arsene Wenger: This is why I signed Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal

The Gunners boss has stated three reasons why he brought the Chilean to North London.

Arsenal’s title challenge is over after the Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Arsene Wenger’s men can be pleased with how they have performed in the second half of the campaign, with the side all-but assured Champions League football and into the FA Cup final.

One of the plus points for the North London side has been the form of Alexis Sanchez, who has been an immediate star for Arsenal following a summer move from Barcelona.

The Chile international was named in the PFA team of the year and has thrilled the Emirates Stadium outfit with his shows of skill and goals.

Wenger has stated that there were three reasons why he decided to splurge on Sanchez and that he has been happy with the South American’s return in his first season in England.

"When I bought Sanchez I thought he can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can play through the middle. That was an important quality," Wenger is quoted as saying in The Express.

"Secondly, I wanted someone who has a fighting spirit, to give something to the team on that front. That was needed – someone to say 'come on, I'm ready for a fight'.

"Thirdly, I wanted a guy with a good combination of running in behind and can dribble as well. On all of that, I was not disappointed.”

Sanchez could not find the inspiration to unlock a stubborn Chelsea rearguard yesterday but he has been the match winner for his team on numerous occasions this season.

The former Barcelona star will be an essential player for the North London outfit if they are to pose a consistent title challenge in 2015-16.

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