Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez leaves for Manchester United
The formalities have been completed in the straight swap deal to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal and to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction to Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan has signed a long-term contract believed to be three and a half years.
On his move, Henrikh said: “I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.”
Arsène Wenger added: “Henrikh is a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well. I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”
Mkhitaryan 29, joined Manchester United in July 2016 from Borussia Dortmund for £27m. He made 63 appearances for the Red Devils and scored 13 goals.
He is the captain of the Armenian national team and is their all-time top scorer. He has also received the Armenian Footballer of the Year award eight times.
The 29-year-old midfielder started his career with Armenian side FC Pyunik, where he won the Armenian Premier League on four occasions. He then moved to Ukraine where he played for Metalurh Donetsk, before joining Shakhtar Donetsk, where he made 72 appearances, winning the Ukrainian Premier League three times. In 2013, Henrikh transferred to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, where he made 90 appearances, during which time he was part of the 2014 German Cup winning squad.
Sanchez 29, joined Arsenal in July 2014 from Barcelona for £35m. He scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal.
He was part of two FA Cup-winning squads (2015 and 2017), scoring in both finals.