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Alexis to take arsenal to the next level in CL

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Alexis Sanchez can take Arsenal to next
level in Champions League – Campbell
The former Gunners defender believes the
Chilean's experience and success in the
tournament with Barcelona will help the club
progress this season
Aug 19, 2014 08:10:00
By Bhas Khunju
Alexis Sanchez is the man to
make the difference for
Arsenal in the Champions
League this season, says ex-
Gunner Sol Campbell.
The Londoners kick off their European campaign on
Tuesday as they take on Besiktas in Istanbul in the
first leg of their Champions League play-off.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to make an impact on
the competition after a succession of last-16 exits in
recent years, but Campbell believes that new big-
money signing Alexis can take them to the next
"It is important to bring in players like Alexis who
have played in and won [big games] in the
Champions League," Campbell told Goal.
"Alexis understands the tournament. We have been
there a number of times in the Champions League
and it is all about every year being in the game and
pushing hard.
"We just need that bit of luck to go our way but you
also have to put your neck on the line and buy
players – which we are now. You need to be in it to
win it and that is what Arsenal are trying to do.
"They are not spending crazily everywhere but if
someone comes up they are now prepared to go for
Sanchez arrived from Barcelona last month on the
back of a successful World Cup with Chile, and
Campbell is certain he will set the Emirates alight.
"Alexis is definitely going to be a good signing for
Arsenal," the former defender, who had two spells
at the Gunners as a player, predicted.
"He has come from a fantastic club in Barcelona so
he knows the pressure of playing in that kind of
"The pressure will be the same at Arsenal so that is
a good thing. His dynamics are good, he knows
where the goal is and is very workmanlike at getting
back into position as well.
"He knows how to play in big teams and that is what
you need in a player. You need big-time players who
also work hard, so he has a fantastic balance."

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