The deal has finally been sealed, Alexis Sanchez’s mid-season move to Manchester United – in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – from Arsenal is official, and though the Chilean’s exit from the Emirates had seemingly been coming for some time, Arsene Wenger allegedly ‘never questioned’ the 29-year-old’s commitment to the club’s cause.
Sanchez’s professionalism was questioned after failing to pen a contract renewal at the north-Londoners, and though his performances this season had certainly dwindled on the pitch compared to last term in a Gunners shirt, ‘Le Prof’ remained adamant that he did not doubt the diminutive attacker’s dedication.
Wenger left Sanchez out of the match-day squad on January 14th as his contingent floundered to a limp 2-1 loss against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, however the Frenchman said to the media, via a report published by the Mirror: “He’s a very professional player who has been committed until the last minute,
“In training, he was practising with full power, so I never questioned that. I never had any doubts about that.
“He’s a world-class player who has contributed well to us and was a star here. I would like to thank him for his contribution here and I wish him well.
“He’s very attached to Arsenal and we were very attached to him as well, so it is not with pleasure that we lose him but it’s part of professional life.”