Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2014
It's been speculated for days, but now it's known for sure; Alexis Sanchez is an Arsenal player.
The Chilean international has been allowed to leave Barcelona as the Catalan giants press ahead with a blockbuster deal to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, and the Gunners are the chief beneficiaries. Arsenal desperately needed to add some pace to their attack this summer and they've managed to do that with the arrival of Sanchez - much to the delight of manager Arsene Wenger.
"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.
"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," he added.
The 25-year-old superstar joins on what the club have called "a long term deal", becoming the second big name signing in the last 12 months after the signing of German international playmaker Mesut Ozil, and the former Udinese man says he can't wait to get started in North London.
"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 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."