‘Alexis found it difficult at Barca’

Arsene Wenger believes that Alexis Sanchez suffered at Barcelona playing alongside Lionel Messi.

The Chile international spent three seasons at Camp Nou, but only really fired in his last campaign with the Blaugrana.

As such, Barca were willing to sell him to Arsenal for €40m this summer, and the French Coach has claimed that his new acquisition will be back to his best without Messi as a teammate.

“He first came on my radar when he played at Udinese and then afterwards, when he went to Barcelona,” Wenger told the Daily Mirror.

“He is a striker. He’s a good finisher, who made a great impression in Italy. I saw him there and he was really outstanding.

“It was a bit more difficult for him at Barcelona but it’s like you can see with Neymar at that club, there you have Messi.

“When you see Neymar with Brazil and Neymar with Barcelona he’s not the same. I like the fact Alexis can play left, right, up front and that’s why I went for him.”

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