Alexis Sanchez has completed his £35million move from Barcelona to Arsenal, leaving Gunners fans in something akin to a state of euphoria, and with time to spare for the club to add to even more quality to the squad.
Last summer’s club-record signing of Mesut Ozil sparked mass celebration among those fans who spend transfer deadline-day huddled behind Sky Sports reporters. But in securing Alexis so early in the summer, Arsene Wenger has given himself time to add the players in other positions – most notably right-back, central defence and in the form of a back-up goalkeeper.
But while Arsenal fans will have been excited by what they saw of Alexis at this summer’s World Cup, what else should they know about the 25-year-old winger-cum-front-man? In the first of a new series of HITC features, we look at the numbers behind the player.
4 – The number of times Alexis has been a league champion already in his career. Arsenal’s new signing won two Chilean titles during his time at CSD Colo Colo, one Argentinian title at River Plate and one Spanish title at Barcelona. Gunners fans will be hoping he soon makes that five.
58.78million – The total amount of money now spent on Alexis in transfer fees. The attacker moved to Italian side Udinese from Chilean club Cobreloa for £2.64million in 2007. He would later move from Serie A to La Liga for £22.88million.
72 – The number of club goals Alexis has scored to date. Those strikes came in a total of 283 performances. The player also provided 59 assists in that time.
1 – The solitary red card of Alexis’s career to date; it came in a Serie A match for Udinese against Genoa in 2009.
24 – The number of club matches Alexis has missed due to his injury in his career to date. Prior to his move to Barcelona, the player had missed just one domestic game due to injury while at Udinese. But since his move to Spain, he has missed a further 23 games due to a strain, an abductor muscle tear and a ligament injury. Despite those set-backs, he had a fully-fit 2013/2014 campaign, which bodes well for the season ahead.
All stats from transfermarkt.co.uk