Arsenal FC and Manchester United agree Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap

Hope Soto
January 23, 2018

Manchester United have confirmed that they have signed Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the opposite direction.

The swap deal that sees Armenia worldwide winger Mkhitaryan, also 29, head to the Emirates following a mixed 18 months at Old Trafford had been expected for several days.

"Since I was a young lad I've always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I'm not just saying that because I'm here now and today it's come true", Sanchez told MUTV.

"He's very attached to Arsenal & we were very attached to him as well, so it is not with pleasure that we lose him but it's part of professional life", he said.

"I always said as a kid that I'd like to play for United, and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it".

"I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United's first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here".

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Sanchez spent three-and-a-half years at Arsenal, having arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in 2014 for around £32m.

Arsène Wenger added: "Henrikh is a very complete player. Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez baby".

The Armenian worldwide joined the Reds from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in July 2016, making his competitive debut as a substitute in United's 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley the following month.

United's rivals Manchester City had tried to sign Sanchez in the summer and revisited the possibility in this window only to pull out due to the rising costs.

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. The Premier League leaders did not want to pay a fee of more than £20m while United were not only willing to meet Arsenal's £35m asking price, but offer much higher wages.

The midfielder went on to make 63 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

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