Arsenal suit me better than Barcelona, admits Sanchez

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has admitted that the club’s style of play is suiting the way he plays better than at former side Barcelona, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Chilean has earned widespread praise for his performances since making the move to North London from the Nou Camp in the summer. He has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for a side which has often struggled this season for consistency and regular victories.

At Barcelona, where he spent three years, he was often left out of the starting line-up for the big games, while his relationship with four-time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi was occasionally called into question.

And Sanchez has now admitted that he struggled to adapt with the Catalans, but he feels at home at Arsenal. “It cost me a lot to adapt to playing the Barcelona way,” he said.

“The first year was OK and then the second year I was better, but I needed time. Arsenal play beautiful football, but Barcelona play in a way that no other team in the world does. English football is more direct, more end to end, but I like that. It suits the way I want to play.

“My team-mates have helped me adapt. If my team-mates were not so good, then I would not have done so well. It is that easy. The quality here is impressive. You only need to take a glance around [a training session] to see that. It is the same level, more or less, as there was at Barcelona. We do different things in training, but player for player, it is just about the same.”

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