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Striker Alexis Sanchez agrees to join Arsenal

Striker Alexis Sanchez agrees to join Arsenal Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP (via Getty Images)

Striker Alexis Sanchez of Chile has agreed to leave FC Barcelona and join Arsenal FC on a long-term contract, the team announced on Thursday. Financials of the deal were not disclosed. 

Sanchez is fresh off a World Cup performance that saw him score two goals in four games to help Chile reach the round of 16. In 2013-14, the 25-year-old scored 21 goals for Barcelona and 27 across all competitions. 

“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 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.”

The team reports that Sanchez completed his medical on Thursday and will take some time off following the World Cup before joining his new teammates later in July. His Arsenal debut is expected to be at the Emirates Cup, which will be held August 2 and 3. 

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