Official: Arsenal swap Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Arsenal and Manchester United have found an agreement over a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been ongoing for the last couple of days, but it’s now been officially announced by both parties.

Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, and instantly became a fan favourite with his relentless energetic play and his quality in the final third. He was unwilling to sign a new contract, however, and although he could have been kept until the end of his deal, it was decided to move him on.

He departs with 80 goals and 46 assists from his 166 appearances, as well as two FA Cup final goals. He scored a belter against Aston Villa in 2015 as Arsenal fan out 4-0 winners, and opened the scoring in 2017 as the Gunners denied Chelsea the double with an epic 2-1 win against the odds.

Sanchez had grown disillusioned with life at the Emirates, and the club did try to sell him last summer but left it too late to bring in Thomas Lemar. It’s a situation that has been badly handled, and his departure to United leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, was sensational at Borussia Dortmund but has had a difficult time at United since his move there in 2016. He was not trusted by Jose Mourinho, who finds skilful, talented players not to his liking as Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah would testify, but leaves Manchester with 13 goals and 11 assists on his record.

Arsenal will be hoping he can reproduce his Bundesliga form, and a potential reunion with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may well have played a part in that.

Speaking about his move to Arsenal, Mkhitaryan said: “I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.”


ALEXIS SANCHEZ ARSENAL STATS

Premier League

Appearances: 123
Goals: 60
Assists: 27

Champions League

Appearances: 24
Goals: 10
Assists: 11

FA Cup

Appearances: 14
Goals: 8
Assists:7

League Cup

Appearances: 4
Goals: 1
Assists: 1

Europa League

Appearances: 1
Goals: 1
Assists: 0

 

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