Arsenal Completes Signing of Chile Forward Alexis Sanchez From Barcelona

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Sanchez with Arsenal

The 25-year-old has joined on a long-term contract for a fee undisclosed by the club, but Sky Sports understands the figure to be in the region of £35million.Sanchez, one of Chile's World Cup stars, said:“I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal - a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London.”

Sanchez scored 39 goals over three seasons with Barca, having joined the Catalan side from Udinese. He has netted 24 goals in 71 appearances for Chile and helped his country reach the last 16 of this summer's World Cup, where they were knocked out on penalties by hosts Brazil.

Bringing in Sanchez, who also had interest from Liverpool and Juventus, will present something of a personal coup for Wenger, who is understood to have spoken to the player face-to-face while working for French television at the World Cup in Brazil, convincing him Arsenal was the right place to further his career.
 Sanchez in Barca
"As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club," Wenger said. "Alexis will add power, creativity and quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks.

There was understandable frustration in north London after allowing Cesc Fabregas to move to Chelsea but those concerns will fade with the signing of Sanchez. The Chilean can bring goals,assists,pace and versatility and give this Arsenal something different.He may show the world why he will be a key asset for the Gunners in the coming season.

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