Alexis Sanchez has spoken up about how Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, almost blocked his move to Manchester United in January. The Chilean attacker left the Emirates in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the other way.
However, Sanchez has revealed how Wenger was desperate to make him sign a new deal with the Gunners.
“Arsene Wenger was very kind to me, he wouldn’t let me leave. He told me ‘I want you to sign here because you’re the best player in the team.’
“But I wanted to keep growing because it is difficult to come to Manchester United. No Chilean has ever played here. In the end, Wenger understood. We stayed on good terms, he congratulated me and there were no problems,” he told CHV.
On the pressures of playing for United, Sanchez said: “The pressure doesn’t hinder me, it plays in my favour. The more pressure I have, the better I feel.
“I think I’m an important player at a world class level. Being Chilean, being the best paid player in the Premier League fills me with pride.”