Alexis Sanchez signs for Arsenal

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Arsenal have confirmed the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on a four-year contract. The fee for the Chilean forward, although undisclosed, is reported to have been €40 million.

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A transfer coup

The signing of Sanchez is a notable coup for Arsenal following his displays over the past 12 months, with the 25-year-old have performed to distinction at the World Cup following his most effective season for Barcelona.

Last term Sanchez was able to score 21 goals across all competitions, along with 15 assists, but this form was not enough to prevent the player from being axed in order to make room for club record signing Luis Suarez.

The controversial Liverpool striker will sign for around €75 million, which is around the combined total transfer fee Barcelona have been able to make with the signings of Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea.

Sanchez hoping to be a hit

While Fabregas had hoped to return to Arsenal, it is Sanchez who becomes the marquee signing of this summer by Arsene Wenger, and the versatile forward has expressed his excitement a a deal being concluded at last.

"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 said.

"I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League. I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”

Wenger ecstatic

The signing of Sanchez will be a satisfying one for Wenger with the player having also been linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool.

It was a personal intervention that was able to swing the balance in the favour of Arsenal, with Wenger meeting with Sanchez while in Brazil to discuss a proposed transfer face-to-face.

Wenger has long been in the market for a goalscorer of some repute, and the Frenchman is confident Sanchez will provide the Gunners with precisely what they need in attack.

"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," he explained.

“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks.

"He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”

Off the mark at last

Arsenal had been left somewhat trailing by their rivals in this transfer window, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all having significantly reinforced in the opening week.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw both moved to Old Trafford for north of £30 million each, while Chelsea have agreement in place for Diego Costa and, of course, Fabregas has switched to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have spent over £60 million on new recruits, and set for further investment following the departure of Suarez.

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