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How new Man United ‘number 7’ marked his arrival in seven pictures

Alexis Sanchez has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.

After the finishing touches to the deal were made on Monday, we take a look at some of the best pics as he completed his move to Old Trafford.

Some genuine smile that is…

Reports indicated that Arsenal wanted £35million for a player out of contract in the summer and United’s willingness to meet Sanchez’s wage demands and use a makeweight in Mkhitaryan, who is valued at the Gunners’ asking price, allowed a straight swap to take place.

Signing on the dotted line

Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal at United with reports suggesting that the 29-year-old will earn a reported staggering £500,000 a week.

He knows the back of the net like his palm

He scored 24 goals for Arsenal last season but hasn’t been quite as effective this campaign – only hitting the net seven times in 19 league appearances.

Y’all know who it is….

 

Sanchez left a cheeky parting Instagram message that seemed to take aim at ex-Arsenal players:

“There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage.

“I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister (Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger) to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution.”

Dream come true

On joining Manchester United, Sanchez told the club’s official website: “Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true.”

He dons the lucky number

The Chilean will wear the number 7 shirt at United and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford greats such as George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who also wore the famous jersey.

One last club?

Sanchez’s professional football career started out at Chilean side Cobreloa before getting his move to Europe with Serie A side Udinese – where he spent time on loan at Colo-Colo and River Plate. Successful spells at giants Barcelona and Arsenal followed before his latest transfer to the Red Devils.