Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he was not part of the deal to take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.
The Armenian completed a move to Arsenal in January as Sanchez moved in the opposite direction.
He endured a frustrating spell at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and was delighted to be given a fresh start in north London.
The duo were unveiled within minutes of each other and there had been a suggestion that Mkhitaryan had been used as a makeweight.
But he told FourFourTwo : “‘I didn’t’ come here to replace anyone. Everyone keeps saying that I’ve been part of a deal for Alexis Sanchez but it’s not true because he was running down his contract.
“If he didn’t choose to come to Manchester United, he would have stayed at Arsenal until the summer.
“Everything was up to me. I’m not saying I was important in this aspect but I want everyone to understand I wasn’t made part of the deal for Alexis Sanchez.
“We’re different players, we’re different characters, we have different abilities and skills.
“When I heard I could swap Manchester United for Arsena, I said ‘yes I want to do that’.
“I wasn’t evening thinking twice or thinking that maybe I don’t have to go. I said ‘no I want to go. I want to have more playing time. I want to enjoy playing attacking, offensive football’. I made the right decision coming here.”
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