Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has said he doesn’t regret leaving Barcelona, ahead of both teams’ clash in the round of 16 of the Champions League this week.
The two sides meet at the Emirates on Tuesday in their first leg of the round of 16 clash and Sanchez who left the Camp Now to join Arsenal in July 2014 for a fee of £35m, admits it will be an emotional occasion for him but maintains it was the right move to make.
“I never regret my decisions”, he said. “It wasn’t easy to leave Barcelona. I fulfilled by a dream when I moved there – to play in Spain and for the champions – but very few players stay in the same club all their life. To leave is normal.
“I wanted a new project, a new experience. And with so many attacking players at Barca it was a good choice to go.
“I think it was a good choice to go to Arsenal, the best choice. It has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal,” he said.
But having scored 35 goals and has won the FA Cup since joining the Gunners, the Chilean has established himself at the Emirates.
He also spent three years at Barcelona, and scored 47 goals in 141 games, winning one League title, one Spanish Cup title, two Spanish Super Cups, one European Super Cup and one FIFA World Club Cup.
Meanwhile, the Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup fifth round against Hull City on Saturday.