Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association ImagesArsenal are close to signing Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the BBC. The two clubs have struck a £30 million deal for the Chile international, who has agreed personal terms and is set to become manager Arsene Wenger's first signing of the summer. The Gunner's Premier League rivals Liverpool were interested in signing Sanchez as a replacement for Barca-bound Luis Suarez, while Juventus were also keen, but Arsenal have beaten both to the punch for the exciting 25-year-old, who scored 19 La Liga goals last season, finishing as the division's fourth-highest goalscorer ahead of the likes of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. But what else do we know about Arsenal's newest recruit? The London side are about to shell out a sizable transfer fee for Sanchez, and fans may be wondering what their club are getting for their money. They'll be impressed by what they hear. To find out which Real Madrid icon he has been compared to, why he sensationally snubbed a move to one of the Gunners' rivals and how he statistically compares to Arsenal's current strikers, click 'next' as we take you through 10 Things Arsenal Fans Need To Know About Alexis Sanchez.
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