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12:00 AM, January 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 25, 2019

Can Arsenal down a buoyant United?

A year on since moving from Arsenal to Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez has become little more than an afterthought in the Red Devils' revival since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge.

Sanchez returns to the Emirates today in the FA Cup fourth round as Solskjaer targets an eighth straight win since replacing Jose Mourinho.

However, Sanchez has had little impact on United's upturn in recent weeks with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford the key players flourishing since Solskjaer released the shackles imposed by Mourinho's more conservative approach.

Sanchez has managed just four goals in 32 appearances over the past year for United.

However, Arsenal have also suffered the aftereffects of the deal that took Sanchez to United.

Like Sanchez, Mesut Ozil was entering the final six months of his contract at the Emirates a year ago.

Desperate to not lose two of their marquee players on the cheap, Arsenal handed the German a new three-and-a-half year deal worth a reported £350,000 a week.

Yet, Ozil has also increasingly found himself on the bench or even dropped from Arsenal boss Unai Emery's squad in recent weeks with the Spaniard preferring the more energetic approach of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey in midfield.

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