Alexis Sanchez and Wenger

Arsene Wenger: ‘I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal’

Arsene Wenger has hit out at Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United by suggesting that the move was motivated by money.

The Chilean completed his move to Manchester United this evening in a deal which has seen Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction.

‘We had no chance’

Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners stood no chance in offering Sanchez a new contract, with even Manchester City unable to afford his sky-high wages.

The Chilean is understood to have signed a contract worth £500,000-a-week at Old Trafford.

Wenger said:

“I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal.

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But in 30 years of doing transfers, you learn a lot about human beings.

As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract.

“We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could (with money).

Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract.

Deals done

Mnachster United have finally got their man, having beaten off the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea to his signature.

Arsenal had been forced into the sale of their talisman with the player refusing to sign a new contract with the club.

The former Arsenal forward will now join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Geroge Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham in wearing the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan will now be representing the red of Arsenal after finally sealing his move to North London within the last hour.

The Armenian midfielder joined United back in 2016 after an incredible spell at German side Dortmund in a deal worth £30m.

One Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League title later, he has now joined the Gunners in a straight swap deal for Sanchez.