Wenger relieved Sanchez picked Arsenal over Liverpool

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Sanchez could have been playing for Liverpool this season
Sanchez could have been playing for Liverpool this season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he feared he would lose out in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez last summer as Liverpool pushed to secure his signature.

Liverpool wanted Sanchez as part of the deal that took Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but the Chilean opted to move to London rather than Merseyside.

His stunning form in the first half of this Premier League season propelled the Gunners towards the top four finish they crave, with Wenger relieved to have secured the services of a player he believes is as good as any in English football.

"I was (aware of Liverpool's interest), but you never know if it is really true, but I thought it could be because of the interest in Suarez," stated Wenger of the star who has scored 19 goals this season.

"At the end of the day, only Sanchez can explain to you why he has chosen us. I don't know why he did that, but we are happy that he made that decision.

"In the negotiations, yes, it is a strength - and it makes sense, an exchange and some money for Liverpool."

Wenger went on to suggest Sanchez should be a contender for the PFA Player of the Year award, due to his stunningly swift success in adapting to the English game.

"If you look at the qualities, efficiency, work-rate, fighting spirit - (he is at the) top," added the Arsenal boss.

"When it (the game) becomes flat, he can revitalise the strengths and dynamics of the team and the supporters."