But an hour after Jose Mourinho confirmed Mkhitaryan would be left out of United's squad to face Burnley, MailOnline revealed that the player had said an emotional goodbye after his final United training session.
Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is taken as done in Chile, and they're just waiting for the player to be unveiled at Old Trafford so they can start getting truly excited. "You can not drive up north and as well play football", the Gunners manager said.
"I know that the club is happy and the owners, the board are happy, they know I am happy and when that's the case one day we decide to do something we will do it easily, but plenty of time".
"It happens only one way, if the other way happens as well". Wenger insisted that it is more on the happening side but also added that the process is very long and edgy as there are many co ordinates like Mkhitaryan's agreement that has to come under an equivalent wavelength.
He also says that both players will have their medicals on Sunday, and that all details of Mkhitaryan's Arsenal contract are undisclosed. "It is a possibility".
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That means the £35m fee that was being mentioned in reports earlier this week has been waived by Arsenal as they bid to emerge from the transaction with a prize of their own in the shape of Armenian global Mkhitaryan.
"I know my people are doing absolutely everything they can".
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed confidence over the talent in the club without Alexis Sanchez. "They have talent and are superstars in their own country but they can't really handle the pressure". I think it's so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen, it's not going to happen, so I am positive.
"We know the way they play, they are better than anyone playing that way, we had to adapt to be successful, we adapted well from the defensive point of view".
However, speaking after the Gunners' 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, the Frenchman seemed optimistic it would be finalised.
The Frenchman said: "January has been hard for us, destabilising". Wenger joked that while he had been tempted to select Sanchez, the logistics of transfers made his inclusion more hard.