Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal forward joins Man Utd in swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United have signed Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal, in an exchange with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Chilean striker Sanchez, 29, who almost joined Manchester City last summer, signed a four-game contract. -a half year contract.

The City decided early this month that they would not pursue their interest in him, since they felt that making him their highest-paid player could affect team morale.

Mkhitaryan, 29, moves in the opposite direction to Sanchez after scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances for United.

The Armenian international moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for £ 26.3m in July 2016.

He has made only 10 starts in the Premier League this season and it is understood that there was a break in confidence with Mourinho, who made Sánchez sign the January transfer window for the first time.

Alexis Sanchez has had less impact at Arsenal this season

How did he get to this?

Sanchez, who will receive a reported salary of £ 500,000 per week at United and will wear shirt number seven, was announced by the club's Twitter account with him playing & # 39; Glory, Glory Man Utd & # 39 ; on a piano.

He has scored 80 goals for the Gunners since joining Barcelona for 30 million pounds in July 2014, and was the top scorer of last season with 30 goals in all competitions.

The Chilean almost partnered with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in a £ 60m move last summer, but that deal collapsed when Arsenal failed to sign the Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar

Since that move did not materialize, Sanchez had a minor impact, scoring 0.37 goals per game compared to 0.63 last season, with several commentators commenting on his behavior on the field.

Former Gunners forward Ian Wright said in December that Sanchez seemed to have "scored".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied that there was a dispute between Sanchez and his teammates, but admitted that uncertainty about his future has affected the morale of the team.

And, with his contract at Arsenal expiring at the end of the season, when he would be available on a free transfer, United moved there.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had an inauspicious start at United, being replaced at halftime of his full debut against Manchester City in September 2016

Mkhitaryan ends up disappointing United spell

] Mkhitaryan, who scored once and contributed five assists in 15 Premier League appearances this season, joined United when Mourinho defeated Wenger to sign him.

His last appearance was in the FA Cup victory in the third round against the Derby on January 5, and he was left out of the following Premier League matches against Stoke and Burnley.

In November, Mourinho said Mkhitaryan's performances had been "decreasing step by step".

Mkhitaryan made a modest start to his career at United and did not start a Premier League match in nearly three months after being replaced at halftime during his full debut against Manchester City.

However, his form improved during the second half of last season and he scored when United beat Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm in May.

Before moving to Old Trafford, the captain of Armenia was the player of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season, and scored 23 goals in all competitions.

Sánchez and Mkhitaryan in numbers

  • Since joining Arsenal in the summer of 2014, Sanchez has scored 60 goals and has participated in 85, more than any other Arsenal player in the Premier League. Only Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Agüero and Harry Kane have scored more.
  • Only Mesut Ozil (378) has created more goal opportunities for the Gunners in the Premier League since August 2014 than Sánchez (272).
  • In all competitions, Sanchez has scored 80 goals and has participated in 121, more than any other Arsenal player since August 2014.
  • Arsenal lost the last three games of the Premier League that Alexis Sanchez has not played anywhere in – 1-0 in Stoke, 2-1 in Watford and 2-1 against Bournemouth.
  • Mkhitaryan has made 63 appearances for United – 22 this season – scoring 13 goals.

& # 39; Good business for both clubs & # 39; – What they said

Alexis Sanchez: five of his best goals at Arsenal

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer: "I think it's good business for both clubs.

"Arsenal is getting rid of a player who does not want to be there, but he also has a player whose face might not fit United, but which is much better than what is shown at United.

Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright: "Because of the way Sanchez plays [this season] I do not see how it will affect Arsenal."

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke: "Having a player of that quality added to our team, with the great skill we already have in advance, this will be an absolutely fantastic deal for us to get a quality player. "

Ex-Manchester United and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham: "He's the winner of the match, I'm not comparing him to Eric Cantona, but he's one of them who can possibly turn a monotonous 0-0 in a 1-0. "

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