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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sanchez happy to be with Gunners

ALEXIS SANCHEZ has revealed his delight following his move from Barcelona to Arsenal.

Sanchez made a total of 88 appearances for Barca, scoring 39 goals during three seasons in Spain.

Liverpool wanted to take the 25-year-old as part of Barca's deal to sign Luis Suarez, while Juventus were also keen on the striker.

But the lure of London and playing for Wenger swayed Sanchez towards the Emirates and he will meet up with his new Arsenal team-mates at the end of this month, having made it to the last 16 of the World Cup with Chile.

Sanchez is expected to make his first Arsenal appearance in the Emirates Cup, which takes place on Aug 2 and Aug 3.

"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 Sanchez.

"I'm looking forward to 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 can play anywhere across the front three and will add goals and pace to Wenger's squad.

He has made 71 appearances for Chile, scoring 24 goals, starting his club career with Cobreloa, based in Calama in north Chile, where he spent a season before moving to Santiago-based Colo-Colo, where he won the Chilean Primera Division in 2007.

After impressive performances in Chile between 2005 and 2007, Sanchez went on loan to Argentine side River Plate, where he added the Argentinian Primera Division to his honours.

Following his success in South America, Sanchez moved to Serie A side Udinese in 2008, where he spent three seasons, scoring 20 goals from 95 appearances.

His displays in Italy prompted Manchester City to launch a huge bid to try to sign Sanchez in 2011, but Barcelona made a rival offer and the player decided to move to the Nou Camp.

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