The 32-year-old Spaniard Arteta, who recently confirmed he's staying at the Emirates, says he is ecstatic about Sanchez's signing. And while speaking at the the launch of the Gunner's new Puma kit, said that he had already exchanged words with the Chilean about his decision to join the west London outfit..
“I’m very positive about next season. What the club has done today, signing Alexis Sanchez, is great,” Arteta said.
“Everyone was waiting for a big signing like this. He’s a proper player, he’s got experience, he’s got the technique and he’s got the pace."
“He had many options and he decided to join us which makes us very proud. He likes the sound of the Arsenal and I’m excited by his arrival."
“It’s a big statement for the club to say early on [in the transfer window], ‘OK let’s go and get one of the best strikers in the world at the moment. They have convinced him to come and I can’t wait to see him play."
“I spoke to him this morning. He said is very excited and wants to get involved as soon as possible and hopefully he can deliver. I think we have been missing that pace in behind. Sometimes we played with [Santi] Cazorla, [Olivier] Giroud, [Jack] Wilshere up front – and we had no pace."
“Hopefully bringing in a player like Sanchez means we will only get better. We are going to need to do that because the other top teams are strengthening and it is going to be a very exciting Premier League.”
Arteta's Spanish team-mate at Arsenal - Santi Cazorla - is also very happy with the arrival of Sanchez, and believes he will make a massive impact.
“He’s a fantastic player and a first class player,” Cazorla said. “He will bring even more quality to the side which is why we’re all very happy about it."
“We can focus on the new season and try to win the Premier League. The FA Cup win took a lot of pressure off us so it was great to end nine years without a trophy, it was very big. We will now go into the new season and try to achieve the same again.”