Ryan Giggs has claimed that Arsenal may well have got the better deal having negotiated a swap deal with Manchester United between Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The two players were both confirmed by their new clubs yesterday, with no money believed to have been passed between the two sides.
Mkhitaryan was hailed as the complete player on his arrival at the Emirates by new manager Arsene Wenger, and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has even moved to claim that Arsenal may well prove to have gotten the better deal in the long run.
“Maybe it will work out for him at Arsenal and he’ll set the place on fire, so I’m not sure who has got the best part of the deal, but Sanchez has scored and assisted more goals in the Premier League,” Giggs said.
“I think as well as every United fan I was excited to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the club and he looked on the outset like a United player, scoring and creating goals.
“I played with Juan Sebastian Veron, who was one of the most talented players on the planet, but sometimes it happens where it doesn’t work out, maybe because of injuries or maybe being played out of position.”
The Wales boss then moves to praise the addition at United also, claiming they are getting the man already hitting his potential in the Premier League, and he could prove to be key for them this term,
“Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez is similar to Robin van Persie [in 2012] in the sense that they’re getting a ready-made superstar and you’re seeing the contribution already with Anthony Martial upping his performances,” Giggs said.
“That can happen when top players come in, those around them lift their levels, and there will be some difficult selection decisions for Jose Mourinho.
“It is an extra bonus that he can play in the Champions League. To have somebody like that, who won’t be fazed by playing in the big games, makes the squad look really strong.
“The defence is obviously doing really well as well, with Ashley Young back, Luke Shaw fit and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones really solid, so I don’t think they need to do any more business this month.”
Could Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan prove to be better business than the move for the Chilean?