The verdict: who has done better out of the Sánchez-Mkhitaryan deal?

Manchester United and Arsenal have traded attacking players – our writers discuss who has come out on top from the swapThe swap deal which saw Alexis Sánchez join Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal was finally confirmed on Monday after weeks of negotiations. The Chile forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford worth an estimated £350,000 a week, while Mkhitaryan is now contracted to Arsenal until 2021 having left United only 18 months after joining from Borussia Dortmund for £27m. Both José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger appear happy with their new acquisitions but which manager has got the better end of the deal and will both players be successful at their new clubs? Our writers give their verdict on one of the most significant transfers in recent years. Continue reading...

Arsene Wenger ‘never questioned’ Alexis Sanchez’s commitment to Arsenal

The deal has finally been sealed, Alexis Sanchez’s mid-season move to Manchester United – in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – from Arsenal is official, and though the Chilean’s exit from the Emirates had seemingly been coming for some time, Arsene Wenger allegedly ‘never questioned’ the 29-year-old’s commitment to the club’s cause. Sanchez’s professionalism was questioned […]

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger issues Arsenal transfer ultimatum in Aubameyang deal

Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have been locked in negotiations regarding the future of the Bundesliga outfit’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has subsequently issued the Gunners a transfer ultimatum to abide by, if they’re going to purchase the prolific Gabonese hit-man. Aubameyang was absent from BVB’s match-day fold on Friday when his employers […]

Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move

• Sánchez finally seals transfer to Old Trafford
• Mkhitaryan moves in other directionThe long-running Alexis Sánchez transfer saga has ended with the forward moving from Arsenal to Manchester United in a deal that sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction. Sanchez becomes the second high-profile forward to move directly from the Emirates Stadium to Old Trafford in the last six years following Robin Van Persie's £23m transfer in August 2012. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Alexis Sánchez saga led to uncertainty in Arsenal squad, says Wenger

• Manager admits team morale was affected in first half of the season
• ‘It is the lack of clarity; not losing players. Teams are used to that’ Arsène Wenger has admitted the uncertainty surrounding Alexis Sánchez’s future at Arsenal affected his team’s morale in the first half of the season but insisted he has no regrets over his handling of the situation. Sánchez was initially named in Arsenal’s match-day squad to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, only to be allowed to leave the team hotel late on Friday night after being told by Wenger that there had been a breakthrough in negotiations over his transfer to Manchester United. The Chile forward was allowed to travel north to complete his medical while Mesut Özil and Jack Wilshere were inspiring Arsenal to their first victory of 2018, with a deal to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Emirates Stadium in exchange Continue reading "Alexis Sánchez saga led to uncertainty in Arsenal squad, says Wenger"