Alexis Sanchez says he has no regrets about leaving Barcelona as he prepares to face his old club in the Champions League. Arsenal star Sanchez, signed from Barca for £35million in July 2014, is ready to line up against the Catalan giants at the Emirates on Tuesday - and admits the second leg in the Nou Camp will be emotional. But having scored 35 goals for the Gunners already, including one in their FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa last season, he insists that coming to England was the right decision. “I never regret my decisions,” he said. “It wasn’t easy to leave Barcelona. I fulfilled 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.
“The directors told me clubs were interested. So 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.” In fact, Sanchez’s love affair with the Gunners means he will be going all out to beat his old friends at Barca – and to help Arsene Wenger work out how to stop Lionel Messi.
“We know it won’t be easy,” he admitted. “He’s the best footballer in the world, without a doubt. It’s very difficult to stop him but we will work on it. “And remember, Barcelona is not only Leo!” Sanchez spent three years at Barca, having been signed by Pep Guardiola from Udinese, and remembers his days there fondly. “I have a lot to thank Udinese for too,” he said. “It was a new experience in Italy and I learned a lot about the European style of football.
“I think it was the first time I learned the necessary things to succeed in this sport. And of course it helped me get to Barcelona and then Arsena