After weeks of deafening speculations and rumors, Alexis Sanchez has sealed a move to Old Trafford with a deal which sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners in a swap trade.
Sanchez, who was heavily linked to the Etihad until recently, suddenly switched sight to the red side of Manchester as he helped himself to a reported £500,000-plus-a-week bumper four-and-the-half- year deal and “a chance to work with Jose Mourinho” at the “biggest club in the world”.
“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. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with José Mourinho was something I could not turn down,” said Sanchez in his first interview with Manchester United.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan also expressed his joy as he described his move to Arsenal as “a dream come true”. Mkhitaryan, who’s been struggling since his move to United from Borussia Dortmund last term, will ease the adverse effect of Sanchez’s departure on Arsenal with his creativity and technical brilliance.
“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.” the Armenian said on Arsenal’s website.
This complicating swap deal that took so much time and energy makes Sanchez the second Arsenal player that would be swapping the Emirate for the ‘Theatre of dreams’ within 6 years following the steps of Robin Van Persie.