After an incredible turn of events starting nearly two weeks ago, one of the biggest transfer sagas of the season has come to an end.
After it was clear that Manchester City had dropped out of the race, it was held in no doubt that United would swoop in successfully for the Chilean.
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But the factor of Mkhitaryan was a relatively late development, and it was made clear that no deal would go through without the Armenian heading to the Emirates.
As of such, the deal was considered to be done and assuredly dusted as early as Friday. But no official confirmation was given, nor were any solid words let out by the managements.
However, photographs of both talents in their destination camps went viral on social media, and it was speculated that delay in transferring work permits was the main cause for the hiatus.
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As a result, when the deal was finally announced on Monday evening, Twitter went berserk. Jokes were made over the drawing out of the announcements, and celebrations were rampant from both sides.
Let us have a look at some of the best ones:
— Leslie. (@Afleod) January 22, 2018
“We don’t need Alexis”
“I wish him all the best”
“Thank you for all the time you sang Alexis Sanchez baby” pic.twitter.com/WKd9aE3KFD
— Zuhayr ⚽️ (@OziITouch) January 22, 2018
— Chris Forbes (@Sebrof180) January 22, 2018
— Yousha Bassa (@Bassa_UTD) January 22, 2018
How to announce your player with a picture Vs how not to do it
— Mesut (@MessiutOezil) January 22, 2018
The Sanchez/Mkhitaryan saga is over!
We can now all return to our normal lives. pic.twitter.com/2dDMNm6GmJ
— Coral (@Coral) January 22, 2018
Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both looking happy enough with the swap deal. pic.twitter.com/LGRHtml8b1
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 22, 2018
Mkhitaryan went from Champions League to Europa League in 6 months
— DADDY THE FATHER (@SemilooreAkoni) January 22, 2018
Arsenal announce Mkhitaryan signing.
Man United announce Alexis signing.
Man City announce De Bruyne's contract extension.
Chelsea deciding whether to sign Crouch or Carroll.
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) January 22, 2018
It will take a while for the excitement to die down and for the actual football to speak louder. Mkhitaryan heads to Arsenal as a player eager to redeem himself, and Sanchez will have the hopes of numerous supporters on his shoulders to do justice to the illustrious no.7 jersey. This is bound to be splendid.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.