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Chile star Sanchez leaves Barcelona for Arsenal
Chile star Alexis Sanchez ends 3-year stint at Barcelona, joins Arsenal for around $60M
Associated Press
2014-07-11 03:42 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Chile striker Alexis Sanchez has ended his three-year stint at Barcelona by joining Arsenal for a reported fee of 35 million pounds ($60 million), adding some much-needed firepower to the English Premier League side.

Arsenal said on Thursday that the 25-year-old Sanchez, who impressed in Chile's run to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil, has signed a "long-term" contract.

He is Arsenal's second most expensive signing -- after Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil -- and gives the team options either up front as a replacement or foil to Olivier Giroud, or as a right winger.

Sanchez enjoyed the best season of his club career in the 2013-14 campaign, scoring 21 goals for Barcelona, but was never a regular for the Spanish side and was in the shadow of Lionel Messi.

Giroud had to shoulder much of Arsenal's attacking burden last season.

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