Confirmed: Henrikh Mkhitaryan not in Manchester United squad as Jose Mourinho provides update on Arsenal transfer

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be part of his squad this weekend to take on Burnley.

The Portuguese was quoted by BBC journalist Simon Stone as providing an update on the situation involving Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho told reporters there was ‘nothing new’ on the saga, but said he would not deny interest in getting both deals over the line.

For the moment, however, Mkhitaryan remains a United player and Sanchez an Arsenal player, with the former attending training at the Red Devils’ Carrington complex today.

It remains to be seen how soon a transfer can be concluded, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that talks were held over both players yesterday and signs looking positive.

However, David Ornstein later claimed today that little progress has been made at Mkhitaryan’s end, even if Arsenal remained ‘hopeful’ of signing both the Armenian and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Fans of both clubs will surely just want this saga to stop dragging on, even if Arsenal supporters will be aware they’re getting the worse end of the deal.

Mkhitaryan may not be an ideal replacement for Sanchez, but if Aubameyang is brought in the club could be strengthened by replacing one attacker with two.

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