Cesc Fabregas convinced Alexis Sanchez to join Arsenal

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas convinced his old Barcelona team-mate Alexis Sanchez to sign for Arsenal after the Chilean winger took counsel from the former Gunners captain.

The Daily Telegraph reports how the 25-year-old forward agreed terms over a move to north London on Thursday in a deal thought to be worth in the region of £30 million.

Sanchez was one of the leading stars at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and attracted admiring glances from a host of different suitors.

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However, it was Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who won the race for the South American's signature, after speaking to Sanchez face-to-face while out in Brazil on commentary duty for French television.

Wenger convinced the Liverpool and Juventus target his future would be best served at the Emirates Stadium, an environment where he'll be given the perfect opportunity to flourish in the Premier League and Champions League.

Sanchez delighted

"I know this club has a manager that looks after his players and takes care of them as well," explained Sanchez after the deal was confirmed. "I was told that he is a manager you can learn a lot with.

"He wants to achieve great things in football and that helped me make the decision to sign for Arsenal."

Sanchez is also believed to have spoken at length with former Camp Nou colleague Fabregas, who himself negotiated a return to the Premier League when he signed on at Stamford Bridge prior to the World Cup.

Fabregas reference

Arsenal turned down their option to re-sign the Spain international, who then proceeded to link up with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

However, it seems that the Blues star still holds his old club in high regard having convinced the Gunners' latest marquee signing that it was the best place for him to succeed.

"Arsene Wenger's style of play is the sort of style the Chilean national team has, so therefore I am used to it," continued the attacking midfielder. "Arsenal plays very well, which fits my style. That is why I moved here.

"The manager has mentioned some certain positions, but I am not worried about it right now. The manager and I will talk about my role as soon as I start training.

"Arsenal is a club that cares about the players and I can learn a lot here."

Transfer business not finished

Sanchez is the first of a number of new faces anticipated at Arsenal over the summer, with France right-back Mathieu Debuchy expected to follow in a £10 million transfer from Newcastle United.

Wenger is also believed to be in the market for a defensive midfielder, with Real Madrid's Sami Khedira the latest high-profile name to be linked with the Emirates.

In the meantime, Sanchez will now embark on a short holiday break following his World Cup exploits, after reaching the last 16 stage of the competition with Chile before being beaten on penalties by host nation Brazil.

All in all it's been a productive summer for the former Udinese man, whose uncertain situation had been the subject of widespread interest after new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique previously intimated that he had no future with the Spanish giants.

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