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“‘I have great affection for Arsenal”- Marseille star relishing the chance to knock Tottenham out of Champions League

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Marseille star and former Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez eager to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of Champions League

Olympique de Marseille forward Alexis Sanchez relished his memories with Arsenal fans and gave his verdict on wanting to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the UEFA Champions League tonight (1 November).

Sanchez left Arsenal in January 2018 to join Manchester United in a controversial transfer. He had a terrible time with the Red Devils, scoring just five goals and providing nine assists in 45 games for them in all competitions.

He joined Marseille this summer on a free transfer from Inter Milan, with whom he joined a fair bit of success. He has had a strong start to life in France, scoring six times in 14 games across competitions.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Alexis Sanchez during a match against Spurs.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Alexis Sanchez during a match against Spurs. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

He could be the difference-maker when Spurs and Marseille meet at the Stade Velodrome, given his elite goal-scoring record at clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of the game (h/t Metro), the Chile international recalled his time at Arsenal and his encounters against Tottenham Hotspur and said:

“I have great affection for Arsenal from my time there. I have some great memories with everyone at the club, especially the fans. Beating Spurs every time was a great joy. It was very special and those are memories that I hold dear to my heart.

“Every single player has motivation to play and win. We all want to bring the victory back. In the dressing room, there is a lot of passion. Playing in front of the fans with their atmosphere is super important and that will drive us on.”

Alexis Sanchez with Dimitri Payet of Olympique de Marseille.
Alexis Sanchez with Dimitri Payet of Olympique de Marseille. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Sanchez has played 11 times against Spurs across his career, scoring just thrice. His most important goal was arguably his strike against us in Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win in the 2017/18 campaign.

He has won four, drawn four, and lost the other three when he has played against the Lilywhites. Hopefully, this is one of those nights where he blanks against us again.

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A draw will do for us nicely but beating Marseille would ensure that we finish as group winners. Sanchez, along with Dimitri Payet, will arguably be the man to watch tonight for our defence.

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