Alexis Sanchez all-smiles in Arsenal training as he prepares for Manchester United switch

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ALEXIS SANCHEZ appeared all smiles as he rocked up for Arsenal’s latest training session.

The Gunners forward is set for a move to Manchester United this month, with the two clubs locked in negotiations over the details of a cash-plus-player deal that will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the other way.

 Alexis Sanchez challenges for the ball during Arsenal's training session at London Colney

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Alexis Sanchez challenges for the ball during Arsenal’s training session at London Colney

Arsene Wenger confirmed the deal is set to go ahead yesterday, while Jose Mourinho did the same in today’s pre-match press conference ahead of United’s game at Burnley.

Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates tomorrow, looking to arrest a run of five matches without a win.

In fact, their last victory came in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park when they beat Palace 3-2 in a five-goal thriller with Sanchez scoring two.

But Sanchez looked sharp in training and did not look like he was pulling any punches in a competitive kick-about ahead of the game.

 Alexis Sanchez is grappled by Mathieu Debuchy during the Gunners training

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Alexis Sanchez is grappled by Mathieu Debuchy during the Gunners training
 The Chilean has a laugh as he stretches out during his training session

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The Chilean has a laugh as he stretches out during his training session
 Arsene Wenger has a word with Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean set to leave the club in the coming days

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Arsene Wenger has a word with Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean set to leave the club in the coming days

Red Devils boss Mourinho all-but confirmed the deal is set to happen.

He said: “There is no point in trying to hide or deny.


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“In this moment Mkhitaryan is our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match.

“I will just calmly [wait] for news, no more than that.”

 Sanchez and Mesut Ozil walk out for Friday's training session

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Sanchez and Mesut Ozil walk out for Friday’s training session
 Mathieu Debuch manages to escape the clutches of the Chilean

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Mathieu Debuch manages to escape the clutches of the Chilean
 Jack Wilshere attempts to win the ball off Sanchez

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Jack Wilshere attempts to win the ball off Sanchez
 Jack Wilshere turns on the ball in training after a breakthrough couple of months for the English midfielder

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Jack Wilshere turns on the ball in training after a breakthrough couple of months for the English midfielder
 Petr Cech gets his hands on the ball at training

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Petr Cech gets his hands on the ball at training

Meanwhile Wenger confirmed in yesterday’s press conference that the former Barcelona star is set for a move to Old Trafford and that Mkhitaryan is heading the other way.

He also praised Manchester United’s financial resource management.

Wenger said yesterday: “Modern football has crated a kind of game where the best players in the world are grouped to a small number of clubs.

“That makes football less unpredictable.

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“I respect Man Utd because they generate the money they pay to the players with their own resources.

“Overall Manchester United is a club very well managed financially.

“You have the finances between the biggest clubs and the smallest clubs – this gap has expanded in the last five years tremendously.”

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