Alexis Sanchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes Arsenal move

Alexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gone in the opposite direction to join Arsenal, both clubs announced on Monday.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

"Since I was a young boy 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.

The completion of the transfer comes nearly a decade after United's first serious interest in the Chilean while still playing with Udinese in Serie A, and is the first deal to see an Arsenal player leave for Old Trafford since Robin van Persie's high-profile move in 2012.

On his move, Henrikh said: "I'm very happy that we could finish this deal and I'm very happy to be here".

"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".


"I always loved the way Arsenal played, the way Arsene Wenger has managed the team", he added. "Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez baby".

In his Instagram post, Sanchez also referenced speaking to Thierry Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007.

Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30m in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund. "All we achieved and the good moments that I gave to the club, I want to dedicate it to the fans, they are the most important".

"He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he's very committed as well", Wenger said.

The 29-year-old made 22 appearances for United in 2017-18 but only completed the 90 minutes on two occasions, the last of which came at home to Basel in the Champions League on September 12.

He finished last season by scoring an acrobatic goal in United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm and began this season well, too, setting up five goals in his first three games.


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