Alexis Talks Barcelona, Why He Left, If He Has Regrets & Lionel Messi

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Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he has no regrets of leaving Catalan giants Barcelona, as he prepares to be reunited with his former team on Tuesday night.

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The Chilean international, who scooped the Arsenal Player of the Year award in his debut season is looking to shine in the first leg of the Gunners Champions League tie.

His ability to light up the Premier League since his £35million arrival back in 2014 has helped form an instant love from the fans, and admits the switch was a “positive move”.

The winger’s goal in last years FA Cup final remains a major highlight in his short time under Arsene Wenger, as well as being a key man to look to for some of the clubs younger players.

Reasons such as these are significant factors that helped Alexis decide to move away from the reigning Champions League winners, as he explained to the Sunday Mirror earlier this week.

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, it has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal.

The 27-year-old will be keen to make an impression on Tuesday night having not looked 100% since his return from injury back in mid-January.

And despite the Gunners having a nice run of form going into this one, the attacker admitted that knocking out the favourites will be a very difficult task.

We know it won’t be easy, 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.

You can catch all of the action from Arsenal’s knockout stage tie from 7.45pm on BT Sport, as Arsene Wenger aims to regain the confidence following the frustrating draw with Hull City.

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