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Arsene Wenger: ‘Facing Alexis Sanchez will be strange’

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that it is “strange” seeing Alexis Sanchez in a Manchester United shirt ahead of the Chilean forward’s first meeting with former club Arsenal.

Sanchez left the Emirates Stadium in January as part of a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head the opposite way, ending his three-and-a-half-year spell at the club.

Gunners boss Wenger was responsible for bringing the ex-Barcelona ace to English football, but he was allowed to depart midway through the campaign following a failure to reach an agreement on a new contract.

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Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford, Wenger is quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying: “Of course [it will be a little bit strange to face Alexis]. The only thing that has not changed is the colour, that’s still red.

“It’s strange for me to see him in a different shirt because he had a strong bond with the club and of course he was here for a few years. He did extremely well for us.

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“At the time he did not accept our contract offer and the best possible way we could get something from his departure was to make an exchange for a player of the quality of Mkhitaryan. For him, it was a move to another big club. Overall, both parties had the interest to do what happened.”

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Sanchez scored 80 times in 165 matches during his time at Arsenal and has two in 14 for United.

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