London - Chile's star World Cup striker Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join Arsenal
on Thursday on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around 35
million, the English Premier League side announced.
joins Arsenal from Barcelona where he made a total of 88 appearances,
scoring 39 goals during his three seasons with the Catalan side.
suggested the transfer was worth in the region of 35 million
($60million, 44 million euros), which would represent Arsenal's second
biggest outlay for a player behind the club-record 42.5 million spent on
Germany international Mesut Ozil last summer.
Sanchez, who won
the 2012/13 La Liga title with Barcelona and the 2012 King's Cup,
expressed his excitement at joining the north London outfit.
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 Sanchez.
"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."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was full of
praise for his new signing, who will add much-needed depth and quality
to the Gunners' attack that relied heavily on Olivier Giroud for much of
"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," said Wenger.
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.
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."
played a prominent role in Chile's progression to the last 16 of the
World Cup, scoring twice in four matches, before his country bowed out
to host nation Brazil in a penalty shootout.
The Chilean is
Arsenal's first signing of the summer with the Gunners also reportedly
close to tying up a deal to sign France right-back Mathieu Debuchy from
They have also been linked with a move for
Debuchy's compatriot Loic Remy, who scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle
from parent club QPR last season.