Arsenal have reportedly forked out £30million for him - not as much as they paid for record signing Mesut Ozil, but a large chunk of change for anyone, demonstrating investment in the team's possible future success.
WHAT WENGER SAID
"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. 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."
WHAT SANCHEZ SAID
"I am 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 am 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."
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WHAT THEY SAID
Amy Lawrence, The Guardian: "Arsenal want to show they mean business on and off the pitch. The club are aiming to build on what they believe to be a promising squad by adding experienced quality. Sanchez fits that bill."
Ted Knutson, The Mirror: "You’ll get another runner for Ozil’s throughballs, a dangerous and pacey dribbler on counter attacks, and someone who can quickly turn centrally and guide the ball to Theo Walcott on the wing, and then consistently finish his chances in the box. Now that the deal has gone through, it should be a much more exciting season in North London."
Any signing that involves shelling out such a significant amount of money is going to be assessed as a statement of intent, and Sanchez's stellar performances at the World Cup will mean that the weight of expectation is firmly on him.
Yet the weight of expectation is also on his manager. Arsene Wenger managed to fend off some of his critics after leading his team to FA Cup victory last season, but fans are still wanting more consistent and continuous success. He will need to get Sanchez settled in and replicating his impressive international form as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Well, every hard-working footballer needs a break. Sanchez is taking some time off now the deal has been completed, and will finally head to London for pre-season at the end of the month.
After a couple of friendlies in the Emirates Cup (albeit against Benfica and Monaco), Sanchez's first chance to make his mark in England comes on Sunday August 10 as Arsenal take on Manchester City in the Community Shield.
By that time, of course, Wenger may well have made some more high-profile and pricey signings - adding further weight to the feeling that Arsenal are about to throw everything they have at winning the title.
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