What Sanchez Said When He Joined Arsenal In 2014 Explains Why He’s Joining United

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is replaced by Danny Welbeck.

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Chilean international Alexis Sanchez is nearing the completion of his move to Manchester United from Arsenal, and is said to have arrived at Carrington hours back for a medical.

The 29-year-old forward is widely expected to complete his move to the Red Devils on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.

Media reports have claimed that the former Barcelona player arrived at Carrington after lunchtime on Sunday. The versatile attacking player could make his United debut this weekend, in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Yeovil Town away.

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Earlier, it looked like the player would either join City in January for a lesser fee, or see out his contract at the Emirates.

But then, Jose Mourinho entered the fray, and it could turn out to be a well timed coup for the Europa League champions. The Gunners reportedly asked for £35m for the player, but in the end, both clubs agreed on a straight swap deal including Mkhitaryan.


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And former Arsenal legend Robert Pires has now gone on to reveal what Sanchez had told him when he joined the club after making the move from Barcelona.

According to a report in Chilean publication La Tercera, Pires said he was impressed by the player’s attitude, and went on to claim that he will always be very important to the London club.

“When he signed for Arsenal, he told me, I’m here to win titles. And I like that attitude. People will understand that he was very important for the club.” revealed Pires.

The legendary Frenchman then added that: “He has always given his body, his blood, to the team. He is a winner. And it’s what he wants.”

Sanchez went on to win two FA Cups and Community Shields during his stay at the club.


Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.


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