Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with his team-mates for the trip to AFC Bournemouth this lunchtime as the likelihood of a January move to Manchester United has increased as reported by the Telegraph.

Sanchez was set to leave the club whether it came this month or at the end of the current season but, it now seems as though the Chilean’s future lies away from the Emirates stadium and a move to Old Trafford will happen.

Manchester United have moved ahead in the race to sign the player after Manchester City weren’t prepared to make a move for the player at the £35 million asking price.

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It now appears that Sanchez has played his last game for the club and a move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals is expected to be completed next week.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger spoke about players running down their contracts in future years at his pre-match press conference.

Honestly I believe, with inflation we have at the moment, players going to the end of the contract will happen more and more. For one simple reason: the transfers are too high. If a player doesn’t find a massive club, he will have to go [to the end], and even if you don’t want to extend his contract, the players will want to go to the end of their contract.

Arsenal now must find a replacement for the player with Brazilian youngster Malcolm being heavily linked with a move to the Emirates after impressing in Ligue 1.