Alexis Sanchez transfer latest: Wenger confirms Man. United move almost done

Paul Merson explained on The Debate why he thinks Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be a good fit for Arsenal

Wilfried Zaha has said the absence of Alexis Sanchez will be "like having a weight taken off" his team-mates' shoulders ahead of the Eagles' trip to Arsenal this weekend. He did at Old Trafford and in the States in pre-season.

The Arsenal manager hopes the Sanchez and Mkhitaryan deals, which follow the sale of Theo Walcott to Everton, will allow his players to focus on their performances rather than being distracted by the transfer sagas.

"I know that the club is happy and the owners, the board are happy, they know I am happy and when that's the case one day we decide to do something we will do it easily, but plenty of time".

Sanchez was pictured training with Arsenal on Friday and could feature in the club's game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Now he seems to be on the cusp of a move to the north-west and Xhaka praised Sanchez for his influence on the Arsenal squad.

"The market is the market".

"But it is not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match".

Rumours of a potential January exit emerged before the transfer window opened, with a possible return to Dortmund mooted. Yes of course (I like him), if it's a possibility it's because I like the player. That's why we did it. "I think it is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen it's not going to happen".

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He said: "Expect soon or never".

City are believed to have refused to meet Sanchez's wage demands amid concerns it could cause tension inside the dressing room.

"But the most expensive player is Kevin De Bruyne and when you see now the reality, a lot of clubs spend much more for one or two players".

"So I am positive, I know my people are doing everything they can - the owners with the green light, Mr Woodward working hard with Matt Judge and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful".

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"I like the player", he said of Mkhitaryan.

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