Sanchez demands more of himself

Chile international Alexis Sanchez admits that he has been disappointed with his form since he joined Manchester United in January.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal, has scored just once, against Huddersfield Town in February, in 10 appearances for United.

"Because I demand a lot from myself, I was hoping for something better," Sanchez said. "After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly.

"The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I have changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult."

The 29-year-old scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League games during his time with Arsenal following his transfer to Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Chile, who failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russia, play friendlies against Sweden on Saturday and Denmark three days later.

Chile are 11/8 to beat Sweden while Manchester United can be backed at 9/4 to win the FA Cup this season. Jose Mourinho's side face Tottenham at Wembley in the semi-finals on 21st April.

Sanchez is available at 8/5 to score at any time against Sweden.

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Sweden vs Chile

This should have been one of the friendly football games to savour less than three months before the start of the World Cup.

Yet, amazingly, this clash in the Friends Arena only features one nation which will grace the summer spectacle in Russia.

That’s because the biggest sports betting shock of all last autumn came for the Copa America holders.

For so long, Chile seemed on track to qualify for what organisers call the ‘greatest show on earth’.

Then three losses in their final four qualifiers saw them drop out of the qualifying spots and meant star men like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal would spend the sunnier months on the beach while many of the world’s stars are on the biggest stage of all.

Perhaps that is why new coach Reinaldo Rueda has included uncapped players in his squad for their visit to Solna.

Although star names remain in the squad, the likes of Claudio Bravo, Jorge Valdivia and Gonzalo Jara miss out, so new faces are likely to feature at some point.

The South American have lost four of their last six and, without a major tournament to look forward to this summer, this seems an ideal time to experiment.

Less so the Scandinavians who, while likely to give outings to some fringe players, will want to have a settled first XI in place for their opener against South Korea on June 18.

Janne Andersson has been reportedly considering a plea to ask country hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come out of retirement, but that is probably wishful thinking from sections of the media and support who miss the great talisman.

And why should he? The Swedes displayed both talent and spirit in the camp which led to the massive play-off success in November over Italy which means the Azzurri, like Chile, are big-name absentees.

As Chile look to rebuild, Sweden look to build on a success which also saw them come through a qualifying group which contained France and Holland—the Dutch also casualties of the campaign.

The Friends Arena has been a happy hunting ground for Sweden in their last five competitive matches. There is no reason why that won’t continue this weekend.

Both nations have points to prove, but Sweden may just have that bit more!

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Sanchez wants to “win everything”

Alexis Sanchez has been speaking about his move from Arsenal to Manchester United and says he wants to "win everything" with his new club.

The striker made the switch to Old Trafford in January in a move that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners and Sanchez says he moved to improve as a player as well as to get his hands on some silverware.

He told Sky Sports: "There are lots of big clubs, and having played for Arsenal, they are also one of them. It's a huge club and I was there.

"But coming here, looking at the badge, I think United have to win everything because it's such a big club. The club crest says it all."

United are trailing neighbours City by 13 points in the Premier League so a first Premier League title may be beyond Sanchez this season but they are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League, taking on Sevilla for a place in the quarter-finals.

United are 14/1 to win the Champions League.

Sanchez added: "I came here to win [things]. I left Arsenal because I wanted to develop and learn as a player, and get to experience a new club.

"Manchester United are a huge club on the global stage. I came here to win everything. Otherwise I wouldn't have come here."

Sanchez and United travel to St James' Park on Sunday to take on struggling Newcastle United who are just a point above the relegation zone.

United are 4/6 for the win with Newcastle 5/1 and the draw priced at 29/10.

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Crazy Money, Striker Merry-Go-Round and More in the EPL!

January may be cold, but Premier League clubs made sure to heat it up for sports betting fans with several big moves before the deadline.

Sure enough, the daft and desperate looked into the transfer market in hopes of turning the betting odds around. However, even the online gambling favourites and established clubs joined in the hunt (fun?) as the January window spending hit a total of £450million, a new league record.

The highlight of deadline day, of course, is the striker merry-go-round which saw Arsenal capture Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £56m, and the subsequent sale of Olivier Giroud to Chelsea—who also got Roma defender Emerson Palmieri to join recently acquired Ross Barkley to their ranks.

West Ham, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Newcastle made their moves as well to add more attacking quality to their lineups. The Hammers and Eagles made late acquisitions for Jordan Hugill (Preston) and Alexander Sorloth (FC Midtjylland), respectively. Meanwhile, Andre Ayew returned to the Swans and Islam Slimani completed a loan move to Newcastle all the way from King Power Stadium.

In other big money deals, Tottenham spent £25m on PSG winger Lucas Moura while Stoke paid £14m for Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye.

While it was a busy deadline day, the whole transfer window has not been short of crazy as well.

As soon as the window opened, Liverpool made a splash and signed Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for a world-record fee for a defender, which undoubtedly set the tone for this month’s spending. Adrien Silva, on the other hand, joined Leicester after missing the August deadline by mere seconds!

And who could forget the Arsenal-Manchester United swap which sent Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford in exchange for the unwanted Henrikh Mkhitaryan?

There’s also Manchester City who banked on their foreign wealth to boost their already strong squad. They missed out on Riyad Mahrez (again), but they were able to get Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in a club-record fee in pound sterling.

On other transfer deals, Everton added depth in their frontline with the purchase of Theo Walcott. Loan moves of Inter’s Joao Mario to West Ham, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge to West Brom and Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu to Watford also highlighted what has been an outrageous month for the English top-flight.

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Super Sanchez will Excite United’s Live Betting Fans

There are a lot of football games to look forward to in the weekend, but Manchester United probably take the cake.

Their steal of an acquisition of Alexis Sanchez and the extension of Jose Mourinho’s contract hold great promise to the many United faithful. While betting websites still book to finish second in the league, they definitely headline this crop of games I will tackle!

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (February 01, 04:00 GMT+8)

United fans will be more than happy to come down to White Hart Lane and have a possible glimpse at Alexis playing Premier League football for the Red Devils. Sanchez is a great addition to an already-stacked team that is unbeaten in eight league games.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will be seeing the return of multiple players from injury. Mauricio Pochettino has probably set up plans to counter United’s upgraded attack with his own firebrand. Harry Kane will definitely make life difficult for United’s backline.

I see a close match playing out here that ends in a draw. My first tip is United +0.25 @ 1.93 for 🌟🌟🌟.

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace (January 31, 03:45 GMT+8)

This London derby will surely get interesting.

There are at least 20 players sidelined between the two sides, with West Ham sustaining 13 injured players. Their lack of personnel explains why the Hammers fell to Wigan away from home.

However, we can expect David Moyes to pull it all together and stage a tough fight with what he has left for the visiting Eagles. Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, needs his lads to forget about the thrashing they endured at the Emirates and win at London stadium.

I think the Hammers will be the winners out of this contest: West Ham have won two of their last three home games while Palace conceded six goals in two games. My second tip is a 🌟🌟 bet for West Ham Draw No Bet @ 2.06.

Everton vs Leicester City (February 01, 03:45 GMT+8)

Everton just managed to stop a losing skid with a draw against Crystal Palace. However, Big Sam is more than aware that he needs the Toffees to perform well against a strong Leicester outfit.

The Foxes haven’t lost since the start of the year and managed to salvage a point against Chelsea away. Claude Puel’s conservative tactics have done wonders to position them in seventh. Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez will be flying for the visitors.

Everton could definitely secure a draw if they park the bus, but I still think Leicester will come out on top. My final advise to you is to make a bet on Leicester  -0.25 @ 2.21 for 🌟🌟.

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Sanchez completes United swap move

Alexis Sanchez has completed his transfer to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction to Arsenal.

The 29-year-old Chile international forward, Sanchez, who almost joined Manchester City in the summer before the deal broke down late in the transfer window, has penned a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford.

Sanchez, who scored 80 goals in 165 appearances during his time at the Emirates Stadium, will wear the famous number seven shirt at United.

On completion of the deal, the former Barcelona man told the United official website: "I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.

"The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.

"I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United's first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here."

Meanwhile, 29-year-old Armenia international, Mkhitaryan, is delighted to join Arsenal on a three-and-a-half-year deal after scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances for United since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £26.3million in July 2016.

"I'm very happy that we could finish this deal and I'm very happy to be here," he said. "It's a dream come true because I've always dreamed of playing for Arsenal.

"Now that I'm here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history."

United are 6/4 to win the Premier League without Manchester City, while Arsenal are priced at 11/2 to secure a top-four finish.

Wenger open to starting Sanchez

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he would have no issue starting Alexis Sanchez against Crystal Palace on Saturday despite the player edging towards a January exit.

Having seen Manchester City pull out of the race to sign the 29-year-old, Manchester United are in pole position to land the Chilean international.

Talks are thought to be ongoing with Sanchez and United but for the moment the player is still on the books at Arsenal and manager Wenger is adamant he would be happy to start the South American against Palace this weekend.

He told reporters: "As long as it's not over the line you have to accept it may not happen. These kind of things are not guaranteed.

"I have no problem with Sanchez's attitude. He was in training yesterday fully committed. He is 29 years old and the next contract will of course be very important to him."

Speaking about the possibility of United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction as part of the deal, Wenger added: "I like the player. We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He appreciated the quality of our games. The wages would not be a problem."

The Gunners are 1/2 to win, 7/2 to draw and 19/4 to lose to the Eagles at the Emirates Stadium.

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Conte rules out Sanchez raid

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made it clear that he is not interested in signing Arsenal's Chile international Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester City said on Monday that they had decided not to prolong their interest in the 29-year-old, who now seems set to join Manchester United.

When asked if there was any truth in Chelsea buying Sanchez, Conte replied: "I don't know, I don't think so. I don't want to give my opinion about the transfer market.

"I try to work with my players, I am happy to work with my players. We are working very well and I am trying to build something important for this club. This is my first task.

"If someone asks my opinion if we improve (the squad) or not I can give my opinion. But the most important thing is to work and to continue to try to improve every single player. I stop."

Meanwhile, Sevilla have been linked with Michy Batshuayi, who has started just three Premier League games for the Blues since moving to Stamford Bridge from Marseille for more than £33million in 2016.

Batshuayi is set to start against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Wednesday and is 8/11 to score at any time in the third-round replay.

Chelsea are 11/2 to win the FA Cup this season and 28/1 to lift the Champions League.

Wenger admits Sanchez leaving

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accepted that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving the club this month with both Manchester clubs still interested.

The Chilean almost joined Manchester City in the summer with a deal falling through on deadline day.

However, with United now having joined the chase he looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, having been left out of the Gunners side who lost at Bournemouth.

Before that game Wenger addressed the fact that Sanchez was missing from the team. When asked if a move was imminent he replied: "Yes. Don't read too much in it because even I don't know which way it will go.

"He's being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home."

To make matters worse for Wenger, his side lost 2-1 at Bournemouth; the Cherries first ever win over Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin gave Arsenal the lead early in the second half but two goals in four minutes, from Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe turned the game around and, though the visitors poured forward in search of an equaliser, they were lacking the invention often provided by Sanchez.

The result means that Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, five points off a top four place. It was also their second defeat in the space of a week after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest last weekend.

They are still in the EFL Cup having drawn with Chelsea in the semi-finals first leg and they are 4/1 to win the trophy at Wembley next month.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action next weekend, at home to Crystal Palace and, without a win in five matches, they are 4/9 to put that right against Roy Hodgson's improving side. The Eagles are 5/1 with the draw priced at 15/4.

Eddie Howe's side now have a four-point gap on the bottom three following this vital win and they are up to 13th in the table.

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‘Phenomenal’ Sanchez interests United

Jose Mourinho admits there are 'some players in the football world' that a club like Manchester United must try and sign if available, with Alexis Sanchez amongst them.

The Chilean forward is out of contract at Arsenal this summer and is being widely linked with a move away from the Gunners during this month's transfer window.

Manchester City is believed to be the preferred destination for Sanchez, though the Premier League leaders are said to be unwilling to pay more than £20m for a player that will be a free agent in the summer. Arsenal are holding out for closer to £35m for their player.

Manchester United are looking on with interest from the sidelines and, while not keen to talk about Arsene Wenger's player, Mourinho admits the Red Devils have a duty to be on top of the situation if Sanchez is to become available.

"I don't think it's correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez," the Portuguese said.

"At the general level, what I can say is that myself and the Manchester United board, we don't believe a lot in the January market. We don't believe in signing players just to sign a player, just to do something. We don't believe in that.

"What we believe really is that there are some players in the football world, if you have a chance to sign them, it doesn't matter if it is in January, March or July, you have to try.

"But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don't say a word. The only word I can say is the same word that everybody says, he's a phenomenal player.

"Apart from that, (he's an) Arsenal player, I feel I shouldn't say much more than this."

Man United are 2/9 to beat Stoke on Monday night at Old Trafford. The Potters are 14/1 while the draw is 6/1.

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