Alexis Sanchez finally arrives at Old Trafford
The Chilean has at last made his way out of the Emirates and joined Old Trafford after a tumultuous 12 months of transfer drama. Sanchez was expected to leave Arsenal and his destination was set for Manchester City, but he ended up on the Red side of it. Sanchez, 28 is considered as one of the best wingers of the current generation. With two Copa America titles under his belt and trophies with Barcelona, Sanchez grew frustrated with the lack of silverwares.
Arsenal’s dismal performance and Wenger’s outdated strategy and transfer market incompetency left Sanchez a frustrated figure. On the other hand, United will look forward to welcoming the Chilean by constructing a more offensive strategy and it will be interesting to see whether Mourinho will use him as a traditional winger or in a more attacking role. It will be tough on Rashford as the teenager is going through a tough phase and Sanchez would undoubtedly be a regular starter this term.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins Arsenal
In a straight swap, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has left Old Trafford for Emirates and this has set the transfer market ablaze. The Armenian is going through a rough patch and Mourinho admitted that Mkhitaryan isn’t playing the football expected from him. Mkhitaryan had a decent debut season and started the 2017/18 well with Pogba injured most of the time and he produced few beautiful displays of attacking football. However, he started to fade and in recent games he has been out of sorts with his crosses flying all over the park.
Arsenal may have incurred a loss by exchanging the Chilean with the Armenian, but the quality of Mkhitaryan shouldn’t be doubted. Wenger has been under pressure from the start of the season and with the sale of Sanchez it is expected that the Frenchman will pin his hopes on the Armenian. Mkhitaryan may feature in an attacking midfield of three with Ozil playing centrally and Iwobi or Welbeck playing on the other side of the German. The Armenian can also play as an out an out winger with Wenger going back to a traditional 4-man defence.
Aubameyang to Arsenal; a plausible case
The Gabon striker has requested for a transfer and Dortmund officially accepted a £50 million offer from Arsenal. With Mkhitariyan coming in for Sanchez, Wenger will be hell bent on signing Auba as a new face. Lacazette has done well with the limited opportunities presented to him and he has shown his pace which will see him move to a more left sided winger given the transfer take place. Dortmund officials have been fed up with the Gabonese’s behaviour, but the question remains how much can Wenger spill on him given his miser past.