Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

The First Image Of Henrikh Mkhitaryan In Arsenal Kit

The First Image Of Henrikh Mkhitaryan In Arsenal Kit

That takes the total value of Sanchez's move to £165.3m ($287m), although the cost is off-set by Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move from United to Arsenal in a £35m deal.

The 29-year-old Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season and was also a target for leaders Manchester City, missed Arsenal's 4-1 league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Sanchez completed a medical at United's Carrington training ground on Sunday afternoon before travelling to Old Trafford to film promotional footage for his unveiling.

Sanchez has been the main talk in the transfer window as he has been linked with a move to Manchester City but at the end he chose to join the red side of the city to play under Manchester United's manager, Jose Mourinho. "Now that I'm here, I'll do my best for this club to create history".

"Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world", Mourinho said.

But while Pep Guardiola is consolidating his squad, signing Kevin De Bruyne to a new five-year deal, Mourinho seems to still be trying to decide what he should be doing with his team.

"I can not understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal".

And according to The Times, Mkhitaryan has been included in the swap deal as Mourinho has doubts over his mental strength.

Chris Smalling says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho issued a simple but effective instruction to his players for the second-half victory over Burnley.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GETTYHenrikh Mkhitaryan will join Arsenal in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez

Wenger says he "cannot understand" the decision of a player to leave the Emirates Stadium but believes the money on offer ultimately proved too tempting for the Chile global, who was in the last six months of his Gunners deal.

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table but won both the Europa League and League Cup under Mourinho in his first campaign in charge last term.

As well as United, only West Brom, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have come away from Turf Moor with all three points.

Wenger, whose side are sixth but hope for a top four finish, added: "Henrikh is a very complete player".

Indeed, Arsenal's decline in form coincided with intensifying speculation over Sanchez's departure.

"I feel we are lot more competitive that 16 months ago", said the former left back, who was one of Alex Ferguson's key players.

"City have some unbelievable players, but winning the league this year doesn't mean anything".

He continues to be the talisman of the Armenia team and is their all-time top scorer with 25 goals from 70 games.

Kohli rules ICC awards
The ICC distributed their awards for women's cricket in December 2017 , with Australia's Ellyse Perry winning player of the year. Australian skipper Steve Smith , the world number one batsman in ICC Test Rankings, won the Test Cricketer of the Year award.

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