Departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it will be strange planning on how to stop Alexis Sanchez rather than how to use him when Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Sunday.
Wenger, who is to leave Arsenal after nearly 22 years in charge, brought Alexis to the club for £35m from Barcelona in the summer of 2014 but had to swap him for United outcast Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window because of his unwillingness to sign a new deal at the Emirates.
Sunday’s clash will be the first time Alexis faces his old club since his move to Old Trafford, and Wenger has said that the situation is weird considering the bond the two built over three-and-a-half seasons in North London.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Wenger told the media: “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.”
A win for Man United would secure the first double over long-term rivals Arsenal since 2012 and extend the club’s unbeaten home run against the visitors to 11 matches.