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

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Manchester United have signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, in a swap deal with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Chile forward Sanchez, 29, who almost joined Manchester City last summer, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal.City decided earlier this month that they would not pursue their interest in him as they felt making him their best-paid player may affect team morale.
Mkhitaryan, 29, moves in the opposite direction to Sanchez after scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances for United.The Armenia international moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3m in July 2016.He has made only 10 Premier League starts this season and it is understood there was a breakdown in trust with Mourinho, who has made Sanchez his first signing of the January transfer window.
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Alexis Sanchez has had less of an impact at Arsenal this season
How did it come to this[/IMG]Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied there was a rift between Sanchez and his team-mates, but admitted the uncertainty over his future has affected team morale. And, with his contract at Arsenal due to expire at the end of the season - when he would be available on a free transfer, United have moved in.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan made an inauspicious start at United, being substituted at half-time of his full debut against Manchester City in September 2016
Mkhitaryan ends underwhelming United spell
Mkhitaryan, who has scored once and contributed five assists in 15 Premier League appearances this season, joined United when Mourinho pipped Wenger to sign him. His last appearance was in the FA Cup third-round win over Derby on 5 January, and he was left out of subsequent 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 United career and did not start a Premier League game in almost three months after he was substituted at half-time during his full debut against Manchester City.Yet his form improved during the second half of last season and he scored as United beat Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm in May.Before he moved to Old Trafford, the Armenia captain was the 2015-16 Bundesliga player of the season, and scored 23 goals in all competitions.
Sanchez & Mkhitaryan in numbers
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