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From Manchester to London: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is officially an Arsenal player

A direct swap deal with no fee included, the former Borussia Dortmund player who spent two seasons under Mourinho will now sport the Gunner's crest, taking Sanchez's position.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Published on: January 22, 2018 23:48 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

From perching the bench at Old Trafford to playing on the right flank in Alexis Sanchez's position, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed his medicals at North London and is now an Arsenal player. 

The deal between the two clubs has now been completed as this January windows has seen mega stars being signed. Sanchez who also completed his medicals will now be sporting the Red Devils logo as his crest from now on as he becomes the highest paid player in the Premier League, earning a whopping package of 450,000 Pounds a week. Manchester City backed out of the race to sign the Chilean after the wages demanded were too 'high'. 

Arsenal would want to start with the Armenian winger right away to fill the void left by Sanchez as they also pursue the signing of Mkhitaryan's former teammate Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. 

All the details have been ironed out between the two clubs and it is a straight swap, where the two players have agreed to go in different directions. 

The former Borussia Dortmund player who joined United in 2016, hasn't been a part of Mourinho's plans and has been mostly seen on the bench where he has played 15 matches, started in 11 this season where he has scored one goal and assisted five.

Arsenal recently came off a huge win against Crytal Palace where they score four goals in the starting 22 minutes of the match. 

Sanchez's dismissal can allow the Gunners to explore different talents rather than holding on to Sanchez to do all the work. 

The Chilean has been a huge support to Arsenal for the four years he has played since joining from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

With Manchester City leading the league, United chances of adding any form of silverware to their cabinet will be the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. For Arsenal, their major focus would have to be a top-four finish as they currently lie at 6th position behind rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. The North Lonon team have a chance to clinch the Europa League but competition has arisen since Atletico Madrid and Dortmund were not able to qualify for the UCL and have been relegated to the Europa League. 

Mkhitaryan's signing would allow the Gunner to play attacking football, whereas Manchester United will have to figure out on who to bench as Marcus Rashford's name in the starting XI will seem highly unlikely on the right flank as the Chilean is now a member of the United squad.

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