Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left want away attacker Alexis Sanchez out of his squad for his sides impressive 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates today.
Speaking after the game the Frenchman admitted, the deal that will see Sanchez move to Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to London is edging closer, when he said:
”I didn’t take him because there is question of him moving to Manchester United and you cannot drive up north and as well play football. That’s difficult so that’s why I decided to leave him out.
“I expect it to happen maybe but I cannot announce it because in the next 48 hours it will be decided one way or the other. In these kind of things, as long as it’s not over the line you cannot say it will happen because the negotiations become more and more longer and edgy because every detail becomes important nowadays.”
“If you want to have a bet, it could happen.”
Arsenal did not seem to miss the Chile international too much, as they tore Palace apart with a display of scintillating attacking football, that saw The Gunners record their first Premier League victory of 2018.
Despite the club’s still being locked in negotiations there does seem to be a willingness on each side to get, what has been the biggest transfer story of the window so far, done sooner rather that later.
Arsenal play Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, and Gunners fans will be hopeful they may even get to see their first glimpse of Armenian playmaker Mkhitaryan in a Arsenal shirt then.