Arsenal announced the signing of Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on Thursday. The London club did not disclose the terms of the deal, but the BBC believes the transfer fee was in the range of 35 million pounds.
"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," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a statement. "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."
Sanchez, 25, comes to the Gunners after spending the last three seasons at Camp Nou. Sanchez first came to Europe in 2008, spending four seasons with Udinese. In 88 appearances with Barca, Sanchez found the net 39 times. He's been capped 76 times by Chile, including featuring in all four games of their 2014 World Cup campaign, scoring 21 goals.
"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," said the player in a statement. "I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates 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."
Sanchez is expected to make his Arsenal debut on August 2, when the Gunners host the weekend-long Emirates Cup.