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How Henrikh Mkhitaryan really feels about joining Arsenal because of Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's respective moves to Manchester United and Arsenal will have to wait until next week, it seems.

Despite Sanchez already agreeing a four-and-a-half year contract with United worth £450-000-per-week(!), the swap deal has stalled.

It was previously reported both players' futures would be confirmed by 12pm Friday so that they could play for their new clubs over the weekend.

But that's not going to happen, so Sanchez's debut for United will most likely be against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, while Mkhitaryan's for Arsenal will be against Swansea City on January 30.

It's believed Mkhitaryan has now taken part in his last training session for United and according to a source close to the Armenian, he said an emotional goodbye to his teammates.

"It was very tearful," said the source, per the Daily Mail. "Henrikh has been a very popular figure here at United."

Mkhitaryan is clearly sad to leave United having only joined the club from Borussia Dortmund 18 months ago.

But how does he really feel about joining Arsenal? At one point the 28-year-old reportedly wasn't keen but in the past 24 hours has decided he wants a move.

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According to the same source, Mkhitaryan realises he will get more opportunities at Arsenal but isn't happy about the way he's been forced to leave because of Sanchez joining.

"We know he isn't too happy at the way this deal has been forced upon him," added the source.

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"He realises he has more chance of playing at Arsenal, but he would have preferred to leave on his own terms."

Awkward. Mkhitaryan said in 2009 that he loves Arsenal and that might still be the case, but no one likes being told what to do, including the Armenia international.

Leaving United is what he needs to reignite his career, though. Mkhitaryan has underwhelmed since leaving Dortmund in 2016 but there's no doubting he's still a top-class player.

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