Alexis Sanchez is certain he made the right move to leave Barcelona for Arsenal as he prepares to face his former club in the Champions League.
Sanchez made the move to Emirates Stadium in 2014 and had to watch Barca lift the Champions League in his first season in England as the Gunners crashed out in the last 16.
Sanchez never won the tournament in his three years at the Nou Camp – the Catalans last won it the season before he joined from Udinese – but the 27-year-old does not regret his move.
“It wasn’t easy to leave Barcelona,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “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… it has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal.”
Arsenal have failed to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League since the 2009-10 season, falling at the last-16 stage for the last five seasons, and Sanchez acknowledges his side face a difficult task in stopping that run against the favourites.
“We know it won’t be easy,” Sanchez added. “[Messi] is 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…”