Alexis Sanchez has been told that leaving Arsenal was a mistake by former Gunners star Robert Pires.
Sanchez moved to Manchester United in the January transfer window last season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the Emirates.
Since joining Jose Mourinho’s side, Sanchez has struggled for consistency and has only scored four times in 26 appearances for the club.
His late winner in the recent comeback win over Newcastle gave hope that he could kick-start his career at Old Trafford, but he only featured for five minutes in the draw at Chelsea and was injured for the defeat at home to Juventus in the Champions League.
Now, Pires has told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio that Sanchez would have been better off staying at Arsenal, where he was more suited to the style of play.
Pires said of the move: “Honestly, it surprised me.”
“For me, Sanchez had to stay at Arsenal, where he was one of our stars.
“I don’t know if he could say no to United, but I think the style of play of the London club suits his performances better. But you have to respect his decision.”
Sanchez scored 80 times and assisted 45 in 166 appearances for the Gunners but failed to replicate that form in front of goal since moving to Manchester.