We’ve all seen pictures of players who arrive at a club where they clearly don’t want to be.
But Arsenal have had no such issues with Alexis Sanchez. Since his £30m arrival from Barcelona, the Chilean has been a driving force in the the Gunners team, despite the fact he’s had to get used to a new club, a new language, culture, weather and everything else.
Speaking to the official site, Arsene Wenger says this is because despite all the options he had in the summer, Arsenal was the place he really wanted to be, and as well as that the culture of the club from a football and personnel point of view played a big role in how quickly he settled.
“Alexis had a few options and he chose us because he felt that’s where he wanted to go,” he said. “Sometimes a player moves somewhere and it’s not the choice that he deeply wanted.
“In his case, I think he really wanted to join us. After, another step is that a team welcomes you with the values that you rate, and that in some parts of the team, you can feel at home when you need it sometimes.
“That means there are people inside the squad with a similar culture. For example we have plenty of Spanish-speaking people and I believe that helps to integrate people well.”
The other thing to consider is that Alexis is just goddam awesome, which is always a help.