Friday, 11 July 2014

Arsenal Sign Alexis Sanchez

I must be dreaming after seeing the news last night that Arsenal have signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. It's not that I didn't think he was going to sign, but it's only the middle of July and it's far too early for Arsenal to splash their cash. Seriously though I have to say I was thrilled to see the news and it's a huge boost for the club.

Sanchez has the ability to play in any of the front three positions and he will be a huge asset to the team. The thought of a team containing Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey should strike fear into any opponent and rightly so. The attacking ability of those players is sensational and I can't wait to see all of them together in the team.

Sanchez has shown for both Barcelona and Chile that he has the ability and drive to compete with the very best at the highest level and his signing is great news for Arsenal fans. It also lays down a marker about the club's intentions and shows they are prepared to spend money to make the team better. Arsenal have a reputation for not spending big, but they have spent the largest amount of any Premier League club on any single player so far this summer and have two of the top six Premier League transfers of all time.

Sanchez's arrival will hopefully be the first of many this summer and it will surely help to attract other players to the club. Who wouldn't want to play in a team with Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey and Walcott as attacking players and who have Champions League football coming up this season once they make it through the final qualifying round (fingers crossed). The team needs strengthening in defence though and a defensive midfielder needs to be added along with another striker too.

The signing couldn't have come on a better day for the club with the launch of the new kit by Puma after the deal with Nike came to an end. Arsenal are reported to be getting £150 million over the next five years from the deal and have already invested some of that money in Sanchez. His fee is believed to be in the region of £35 million, but half of that fee was recuperated with money received from add ons on both Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela.

The pictures of the new kit are pretty impressive and they should go down a treat with fans. Here's a look at new signing Sanchez in that Arsenal kit and a few others to go with it. 

Yesterday can only be described as a great day to be an Arsenal fan with a top class player choosing to join them despite interest from a host of other clubs. With the FA Cup sitting in the trophy cabinet and the funds there to make the team genuine challengers next season things are looking up. Hopefully those players will arrive pretty soon and the squad will be complete well before the season starts.

That's it for today.

See you tomorrow.

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