By Daniel Chokoe
Chile forward Alexis Sánchez has joined Arsenal FC on a four year contract from Spanish Liga giants FC Barcelona for a fee reported to be in the region of £35m.
The exact details of the deal have not been disclosed by the Gunners, who have only confirmed that the 25-year-old has signed a “long term contract”.
“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,” said Sánchez. “I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League. I will give my best for Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”
Sánchez scored 39 goals in 88 Liga outings during his three-year stint at Barcelona, whom he joined after a dream season in Serie A with Udinese Calcio. The 2010/11 Serie A player of the year – dubbed ‘El Niño Maravilla'(the Boy Wonder) brings top-level experience and flair to Arsène Wenger’s side.
Wenger said: “Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted he is joining us. Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now.”
Barcelona used his funds to sanction a move for the controversial Luis Suarez. Sanchez will wear shirt number 17, as Nacho is relegated to number 18. This is a move that excites anyone at the Emirates.