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Alexis Sanchez: Arsene Wenger vow broken as Arsenal favoured transfer to Man Utd

Sanchez completed his move to Manchester United today with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.

The Chilean had entered the final six months of his Arsenal contract and was refusing to sign a new deal despite the club’s willingness to smash their wage bracket.

Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford echoes Robin van Persie’s move in 2012 when the Dutchman announced that he would not be signing a new contract as he final year of his deal.

In 2013, Wenger was asked if then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wanted any more of his players and replied: “I don’t know but he will not sign them from us.”

But fast forward five years and Wenger has once again lost another star player to United.

And according to the Independent, Arsenal were “more favourable” to selling Sanchez to United due to their initial £35million bid and subsequent offer of Mkhitaryan in a straight swap.

It’s claimed Arsenal have a good relationship which has stemmed from the Van Persie sale.

Speaking following the announcement of Sanchez’s move to United, Wenger admitted the deal made “sense”.

He told Arsenal Player: “We move [him] out for free and in exchange Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“We have a player who comes in on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

“So that means it makes sense on a negotiations point of view and secondly I believe that we’re replacing a very good player with a very good player, a world-class player with a world-class player.”

FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ALEXIS SANCHEZ

1. Hometown glory

In Sanchez’s hometown of Tocopilla, Chile, not only is there a statue in his honour but also a street named after him. Residents of the city voted and chose the street formerly known as ‘Cuarta Poniente’ (fourth street), the location of the Cancha Lazareto football pitch where Sanchez first began playing, to be renamed Calle Alexis Sanchez.

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2. ‘The Wonder Kid’

Despite being known as ‘El Nino Maravilla’, which translates as ‘The Wonder Kid’, Sanchez went by a different name growing up. He was referred to by the people in his city as ‘ardilla’ or ‘dilla’, which translates as ‘squirrel’. He was given this nickname because he was always seen climbing on the roofs of houses and up trees as well as jumping into gardens and running under fences in order to find his football.

3. Santa’s little helper

Sanchez has always had a special bond with Tocopilla, and every year, when possible, he returns to the city at Christmas time. Along with the mayor and his friends, Sanchez stands on the back of a float handing out presents to the children of the village.

4. The barefoot boy

As a child, Sanchez’s mother could not afford to buy him any football boots. He therefore played a lot of the time barefoot, which he claims is the reason behind the style of play he has now – “running with little jumps” – as he used to frequently avoid rocks. However, when playing for local team Arauco, he was given his first pair of boots. The mayor of Tocopilla was a fan of Arauco and gifted Sanchez a pair of Reebok boots. When recalling the story Sanchez said: “I was as happy as a dog with two tails.”

5. And the Oscar goes to…

When discussing retirement Sanchez has said he would like to go into acting when his time on the pitch comes to an end. He claims this is why he always puts a lot of effort into any advertisements he is a part of. Sanchez would like to play the role of a detective in his movies, but does not think he would make it to Hollywood due to his still-limited command of English.

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