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Fantasy football tips: Alexis Sanchez or Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who is the better option?

Manchester United have finally snapped up Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.

But what does this huge January deal mean for your fantasy football team?

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How have they performed on fantasy football this season?

It’s been a mixed bag for both players on Dream Team this season.

Sanchez, who was the top points-scoring player on the game last season, has notched just 100 points so far (well shy of runaway leaders Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah).

Sanchez has cut a rather frustrated figure at the Emirates this season

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Sanchez has cut a rather frustrated figure at the Emirates this season

Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, started the season strongly with United, and lead the assist charts after the first few games.

But his performance levels plummeted dramatically, and in recent weeks he’s found it increasingly difficult to break into Jose Mourinho’s first-team.

Clearly, both players needed a fresh start, somewhere new.  

It’s been a nightmare spell for Mkhitaryan

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It’s been a nightmare spell for Mkhitaryan

Alexis Sanchez

United’s new No 7 will surely make his first appearance under Mourinho in their FA Cup clash against Yeovil on Friday, but what will Sanchez’s role at his new club be?

The beauty of Sanchez is his versatility – he can play on the left, right and down the middle – and we imagine he’ll be employed in and around Romelu Lukaku.

He’ll certainly get plenty of game time. 

Will this guy be Mourinho’s missing link?

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Will this guy be Mourinho’s missing link?

But it could be bad news if you have Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford or Juan Mata in your Dream Team line-up.

While Lingard and Martial have been in fine form lately (and popular fantasy football picks) they may find themselves making way for the new signing.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Will Wenger get the best out of him?

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Will Wenger get the best out of him?

Mkhitaryan moved to United in 2016 on the back of an incredible spell at Borussia Dortmund, but he never really got going at Old Trafford.

A number of inconsistent and ‘lightweight’ performances under Mourinho meant he spent large periods of his time at the club sitting on the sidelines.

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But he was universally praised for his performances in United’s successful Europa League run last season, and he even made Dream Team Europe’s team of the season.

So the ability is definitely there, and Arsene Wenger could well be the manager to coax the best out of him – especially if the Gunners secure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund.

Dream duo

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Dream duo

Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang were incredible together at BVB, and if Wenger can somehow find room for Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere in his side too, then Arsenal could suddenly have a very tasty and attacking line-up.

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Alexis Sanchez or Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who is the better fantasy football option?

Priced at £6.7m on Dream Team at the moment, Sanchez is the fourth most expensive striker on the game.

Martial (£4.2m) and Lukaku (£5.7m) are currently cheaper than the Chilean, and have greater points totals – but you can’t help but think that, judging on his past performances in the Premier League and what we know about Sanchez as a player – he’s more than capable to hit the ground running.

Mkhitaryan is harder to call.

He’s very cheap on the game at the moment (£2.6m), making him an absolute bargain when compared to the likes of Bernardo Silva (£2.9m), Adam Lallana (£3.1m) and Willian (£4.8m).

And, unlike those three, he’s more-or-less guaranteed to be a first-team regular.