Arsenal boss Wenger said he was happy to acquire Mkhitaryan in the deal. Arsenal are getting a quality playmaker in Mkhitaryan in return and they have been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the past week.
Coach Jose Sulantay told El Mercurio that Sanchez had done well to pick United over Manchester City, rumoured to be his preferred destination until they were outbid by Mourinho's team.
"I expect it to happen maybe, but I can not announce it".
According to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, Mkhitaryan has agreed terms this evening and will have a medical in the next 48 hours. "That's why this is taking longer because it has to be coordinated, so the pace of advancing on both sides have to be aligned". "It is a possibility".
Similarly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is moving in the opposite direction as a part of the straight-swap deal, has been photographed in London and is now understood to be undergoing his medical in north London. "I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen it's not going to happen so I am positive".
"They are responsible for their own statements".
"Mkhitaryan can play on the wing or in midfield, so I believe he can play very well in many positions", said Wenger. "I half announced today Sanchez against Mkhitaryan and we're not close to anything [else]", he said.
It's clear that Wenger thinks Sanchez was motivated by money, but not being able to comprehend why anyone would want to leave Arsenal left Twitter rather bemused to say the least.
"There is still a big points gap and we just need to make sure we win our games because if we don't then there's no point even talking about it".
Wenger joked that while he had been tempted to select Sanchez, the logistics of transfers made his inclusion more hard.
"That can help us as well because he can play together with Ozil as well as playmaker, so overall it's a good move".
"The period of uncertainty was hard".