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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are very close to completing the signing of Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger, who is currently in Brazil working as a pundit for French television seems to have confirmed the signing in an interview with talkSPORT, when he said that the Sanchez deal is 'almost done' and that he expects the deal to be wrapped up by Wednesday.

The Gunners have been linked to the Chilean all through the summer and look to have beaten the likes of Liverpool and Juventus who were also vying for the highly rated forward's services.

The Frenchman is very keen to add options to his striking department as Olivier Giroud is the only experienced striker at Arsenal after the departure of Nicklas Bendtner earlier in the summer.

The Barcelona forward, had an impressive season with the Catalans during the previous campaign scoring 19 goals and providing 10 assists in the league. He also had an excellent World Cup campaign with Chile, which only raised his stock among the pursuing clubs.

It is believed that Arsenal will capture the Chilean international for a fee of around £28m and will offer him a four-year contract to make the Emirates stadium his next home.

The north London club are also reportedly set to complete the deal for Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle after the player completed his medical earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, with the Sanchez and Debuchy deals almost done, it is believed that Wenger has turned his attention to acquiring a holding midfielder as a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta, who currently occupies that role. Sami Khedira of Real Madrid is supposed to be Wenger's preferred target to fill that role.

The German midfielder has had a fantastic World Cup, after missing almost the entire 2013-14 domestic campaign with Real after suffering a major knee injury. He has impressed in the tournament and also starred in Germany's 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil on Tuesday.

The Gunners, who have not completed any signing thus far in the transfer window, look to be stepping up their transfer activity to catch up with their Premier League rivals, who have all strengthened ahead of the upcoming season.