Alexis Alejandro Sánchez born 19 December 1988 is a Chilean footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the Chilean national team as a forward. After his debut season of first-team football with Cobreloa, Sánchez was signed by Italy's Udinese Calcio in 2006. After successful loans at Colo-Colo and River Plate, he began playing in Serie A. In 2011, he was signed by Barcelona for £25 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Chilean football history. Sánchez signed for Arsenal in July 2014 for a fee reported to be around £30–35 million, making him the second-most expensive signing in the club's history after Mesut Özil. Sánchez has been a full international for Chile since 2006. He has earned over 75 caps and played in two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014) as well as the 2011 Copa América.
Sánchez made his international debut for the Chile national team against New Zealand on 27 April 2006. He was called up by the coach José Sulantay to represent the Chilean under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, where they finished third. After his participation in the youth championship, Sánchez scored his first senior international goal in a 2–1 loss against Switzerland on 7 September 2007. He scored three times during La Roja's successful 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and appeared on every match during the tournament finals. He then participated in the 2011 Copa América, scoring once in a 1–1 group stage draw with Uruguay, as Chile reached the quarter-finals. Sánchez scored four times in Chile's qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 15 November 2013, Sánchez scored both goals as Chile beat England 2–0 at Wembley Stadium, repeating the achievement of national team legend Marcelo Salas in 1998. On 13 June 2014, Sánchez scored Chile's opening goal of the 2014 World Cup in a 3–1 defeat of Australia in Cuiabá. During the round of 16, Sánchez scored the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw against the host Brazil. However, he was one of three Chileans to fail to convert their kicks in the penalty shootout, having his shot saved by Júlio César as Brazil prevailed 3–2.