Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United appears imminent.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola even congratulated both parties when he spoke to the media today, having himself been interested in signing the Chilean forward.
"I think he's going to United. Congratulations to both of them,” Guardiola said, per BBC Sport.
"The players and the managers decide what's best. There's nothing to add. My opinion on Alexis remains the same. It was a pleasure to be with him in Barcelona - I wish him all the best."
Sanchez is already thought to have agreed personal terms with Man United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan bid a tearful farewell to his teammates this afternoon as he prepares to head in the opposite direction.
The Armenian’s move to Arsenal certainly helps to soften the blow that comes with losing a player of Sanchez’s ability.
But many football fans would agree that Man United are getting the better player. Sanchez can impact a game at any moment and the fact that he was Arsenal’s Player of the Season in two of his first three seasons at the club - in 2014-15 and 2016-17 - says a lot.
Arsenal fans won’t like to admit it, but Sanchez will be a big miss.
Ian Wright has posted about Sanchez on Instagram
Many insist that they’re happy to see the back of Sanchez, considering his attitude this season, but Gunners legend Ian Wright didn’t sugarcoat his feelings at all on Instagram.
Wright posted an image of a personalised Man United shirt with ‘Sanchez 7’ - his rumoured number - on the back.
He also wrote: “Sad day. 😥”.
Clearly, Wright knows just how much Arsenal are going to miss Sanchez.
Wenger: Van Persie move hurt more
Arsene Wenger attempted to lighten the mood by suggesting Sanchez’s departure will be less painful than that of Robin van Persie to Man United in 2012.
"We took Van Persie when he played in the reserve team at Feyenoord,” Wenger said, per Sky Sports.
“We made a long work with him. When you get them there and, after they leave, that is the most painful.
"Our fans know Alexis will not extend - they have accepted that idea and the fact it will not be one-way traffic.
It’s another move that could seriously hurt Wenger’s legacy in north London.
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