Arsene Wenger revealed he would have allowed Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester City in a £60million deal last summer ‘if he had his time again’ rather than letting him secure a move to Manchester United in January. The Arsenal boss reluctantly sanctioned a deal for Sanchez to travel north to Old Trafford, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction, having pulled the plug on his summer switch to United’s local rivals. Pep Guardiola attempted to push through a £60million deal for Sanchez on deadline day, but Wenger ended his hopes of a reunion with the Chile international after failing to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
And Wenger admitted that he made a mistake in not allowing Sanchez to leave then, according to the Mirror. At a Q&A for Arsenal executive box holders, Wenger confessed that he should have sold the 29-year-old due to his contract running down.
Sanchez cut an unhappy figure in the four months that followed, and Wenger believes his drop in goals and assists over that period proved that the move sadly backfired. Sanchez’s replacement Mkhitaryan will hope to make his full debut against Everton after featuring off the bench in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea.