(CNN)It has been rumbling on for months but the move saga involving Chilean international Alexis Sanchez has finally come to an end.
Quiero agradecer al Staff Técnico, al equipo médico, a todos los compañeros con los que compartí muchas cosas lindas para el club y en especial a todas esas personas que no se ven en las portadas, pero que sin ellos nada seria posible, que son los que te preparan la comida y te cuidan día día, los que nos mantienen los zapatos limpios y campos de fútbol en las mejores condiciones para entrenar. Mil gracias a Ustedes por ayudarnos a mejorar cada día. Gracias por tanto cariño 😢. Hay personas (ex jugadores del club) que han hablado sin conocimiento de lo que ocurre en la interna y causan daño. Debo decir que siempre me entregué al 100%, hasta el último día, en que le pedí al Mister estar con el equipo, por que quería ser un aporte. Recuerdo hoy, una conversación que tuve con Henry, un histórico p Arsenal, que cambió de club, por la misma razón que hoy me toca a mi. Gracias por todo Gunners !I want to say thanks to the Technical Staff, to the medical team and all teammates with whom I shared many pleasant things for the club and especially those people who don’t see themselves on the covers, but without them nothing would be possible, which are there to prepare food for us and take care of us day by day, those that keep our shoes clean and the grass in the best conditions. Many thanks to you for helping us to improve. Thank you very much 😢. There are individuals (former team players) who’ve spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage. I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I requested to the Mister to be in the group, because I wanted to be a contribution. I recall today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historical Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn. Thanks for everything Gunners! All we achieved and the great moments that I gave into the club, I want to dedicate it to the fans, they’re the most important. Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez Baby“I’m fulfilling a dream that I have since I was a kid: to play for the world’s best team,” Sanchez wrote in one of several Instagram posts.Meanwhile Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the 29-year-old Mkhitaryan as “a very complete player.”“He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he is very committed as well. I must say he is a player with all the attributes,” Wenger told the Arsenal website.
‘The largest mercenary in football’The 29-year-old Sanchez had widely been expected to join rivals Manchester City in the summer transfer window but a deal fell through on deadline day.Despite City reviving their interest in January, and Chelsea inquiring about a bargain, the 29-year-old opted to combine Jose Mourinho in the red half of Manchester.As the saga played out former Arsenal defender Martin Keown known as Sanchez “the largest mercenary in football,” while another former Gunner Ian Wright said in December the Chilean had “clocked off.”It’s been widely reported that Sanchez’s weekly salary at United will range from $420,000 to $700,000.On Instagram, Sanchez did not reference anyone directly as he defended his record at Arsenal, writing: “There are individuals (former team players) who’ve spoken with no comprehension of what happens inside the club and cause damage.“I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I requested to the Mister (Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger) to be in the group, because I wanted to be a contribution.”Mourinho believes Sanchez is “one of the greatest attacking players in the world.”“He’ll bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that produce a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of the club dimension and prestige,” added the United manager.
FA Cup successAfter three season at Barcelona, Sanchez joined Arsenal in 2014 for a reported fee of $44 million.In his three and a half years in north London, the Chile international helped the team win two FA Cups and the Community Shield — while also winning two successive Copa America titles for his nation.However, Arsenal’s failure to finish in the Premier League top four final season and protected Champions League football meant Sanchez saw his future away from the club.With Wenger unable to find the right replacement in the summer, the Frenchman refused to sanction a move for Sanchez.That changed in January, when Mourinho sold Mkhitaryan as part of a swap deal.“I think we lose a world class player and gain a world class player,” Wenger said in his Tuesday press conference.“Overall I believe Mkhitaryan has the qualities to integrate into our game. He has a fantastic team attitude as well. I’m confident it will work.“He can play in all sorts of positions. He is very versatile and it should help us going forward.”Mkhitaryan’s route to Arsenal has taken him out of his native Armenia, to Ukraine, Russia, Brazil — where he went on trial to Sao Paulo as a 14-year-old — then to Germany with Borussia Dortmund and now England.Under now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, Mkhitaryan won the German Supercup, scoring against Bayern Munich to help his team lift the title.His habit of acting on the big occasion continued in his first season at Manchester United, scoring in the final of the Europa League as Mourinho’s side beat Ajax 2-0.Mkhitaryan also lifted the League Cup and Community Shield in his stint at Old Trafford.“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for Manchester United players and staff and especially the fans for your love, support and passion,” the 29-year-old composed on Instagram.“I appreciated having the honour of contributing to the history of your club by winning the Europa League cup.“I will always cherish the memory of the moment and that match. As well as my Boxing Day scorpion kick and of hearing the tune ‘Whoa Mkhitaryan …’ each time I stepped onto the pitch.”