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Chile star Sanchez leaves 'Barca' for Arsenal

Friday, July 11, 2014    

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

Arsenal said yesterday 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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