Alexis Sanchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes Arsenal move

Kristopher Nichols
January 23, 2018

Five and a half years on and it is unlikely Wenger will receive any pats on the back for his part in Alexis Sanchez's exit from Arsenal, a move that all but confirms how far the London club have fallen behind the Premier League powerhouses.

However, after both players were granted new work permits on Monday afternoon, United and the Gunners are now in a position where they can confirm that the pair have traded clubs.

"I'm very happy that we could finish this deal and I'm very happy to be here", the attacker told Arsenal's official website.

"I remember today, a conversation I had with [Thierry] Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn".

Sanchez was linked with a move from north London throughout last summer's transfer window and would have been able to leave on a free transfer at the end of this season.

"He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige".

"He had young players and was always managing them and they were doing very good".

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Arsenal took a big risk in agreeing to sell one of their biggest talents to a rival, but Mkhitaryan has shown the ability to be the type of player who could slot into the Arsenal attack and provide extra creativity alongside Mesut Ozil.

Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30m in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund.

For United, they get one of the Premier League's very best players to pair in attack with Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

City, the league leader by 12 points, didn't particularly need Sanchez, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Arsenal.

"I'm very excited to get a player in who will be committed and focused".

United have not revealed the length of Sanchez's contract, but reports have suggested that the 29-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the North-West outfit.

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