Arsenal and Man Utd agree Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap

Arsenal too confirmed the signing of Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pic source

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez as the ultimate professional and admitted that Manchester United have signed a world-class player.

Sanchez joined United in swap with Henrick Mkhitaryan who joined Arsenal.

Sanchez scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, who he joined from Barcelona in 2014.

United moved for the forward earlier this month when it became clear he wanted to leave Arsenal during the current transfer window rather than wait until he came out of contract in the summer.

"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. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.

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"Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players", the Portuguese said.

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 struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho's first team following a reported £26.3m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal, and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he's very committed as well. After scoring 47 goals in 141 matches for Barca, he went on to star for the Gunners, scoring 25 goals in his first season, 17 in his second and 30 last season.

And in a familiar quote thrown up by footballers when they sign for a new team, Mkhitaryan says it is a "dream" to sign for the club he supported as a boy.

Wenger didn't hesitate to admit Sanchez's clear quality and didn't speak bitterly towards the 29-year-old after his move away from Arsenal.

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