Mkhitaryan fulfils Arsenal ambition

Ruben Hill
January 25, 2018

Meanwhile, former Gladbach player Kevin De Bruyne extended his contract with Premier League leaders Manchester City - who had also been linked with Sanchez in recent weeks. "I like that and want to play there one day".

The swap deal that brings an end to Armenia worldwide Mkhitaryan's mixed 18 months at Old Trafford had been expected for several days.

He is, however, expected to complete a move to Arsenal in the very near future, one half of a swap deal which will see Alexis Sanchez move in the opposite direction.

"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's dimension and prestige".

Coach Jose Sulantay told El Mercurio that Sanchez had done well to pick United over Manchester City, rumoured to be his preferred destination until they were outbid by Mourinho's team.

Arsenal announce that they have signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United, with Alexis Sanchez sealing a switch to Old Trafford.

Missing out on the Champions League this season was a bitter disappointment, however, followed by another blow when Chile failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals. Arsenal wanted Mkhitaryan in exchange and he was delighted to join the London club.

Mkhitaryan had a mixed spell at Old Trafford after his arrival 18 months ago, enduring a slow start to life at the club before playing his way into Mourinho's plans last season. "I must say he's a player who has all the attributes".

"Henrikh is a very complete player", said Wenger.

"I'm very excited to get a player in who will be committed and focused".

Like with Rooney, there's something of the street footballer in Sanchez, who had humble beginnings - his mother, Martina, sold fish for a living and he used to play barefoot in a style that made him look like he "was dodging rocks".

Arsenal have completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Gunners fans are convinced their latest recruit has accidentally let slip that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's transfer is complete.

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