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Arsenal signs Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona

The Gunners have announced the acquisition of the Chilean forward, who reportedly cost 31.8 million pounds.

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in what Goal UK understands is a 31.8 million-pound deal.

The Chile international forward, who underwent a medical Thursday afternoon, becomes the second-most expensive purchase in the Gunners' history. He scored 19 goals in 34 La Liga appearances last season.

Wenger was delighted to have sealed the attacker's signature and expects him to provide the London club with a significant boost.

He said: "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. 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."

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Sanchez added: "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. 

"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, who won the Spanish title with Barca in 2013, scored twice at the World Cup as Chile's campaign was ended by host Brazil in the second round.

He will be tasked with helping Arsenal to secure its first Premier League crown since 2004, though the club did end a nine-year trophy drought last season by beating Hull City 3-2 in the FA Cup final.

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