Roma has confirmed the signing of Arsenal outcast Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan, with an option to make the transfer deal permanent.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United player loan deal is considered to be in the region of €3 million, plus €100,000 in performance-related bonuses. It was understood that the Giallorossi will fund a firm amount of his €200,000-a-week earnings.
The two teams finalised a deal during the transfer deadline day, it was a shocking move because he was substituted on for Alex Lacazette for the final 25 minutes in the North London derby last Sunday but the deal has been confirmed by the clubs.
He joined the Gunners in 2018 in a swap deal within Arsenal and Manchester United involving the Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, since his arrival in January he scored nine goals in 59 competitive appearances for the club.
The 30-year-old has played in three of Arsenal’s four matches this season but has only started once with the team, he still has a contract with the north London until June 2021. Whether or not he will be retained by Arsenal next summer, however, may depend on his performances in the Italian capital.
The Armenian had strived to establish himself in the first team starter under the new club manager Unai Emery, he was granted a start on Arsenal’s opening game win over Newcastle but encountered criticism from supporters for his display.
Arsenal confirmed the deal in a statement on their official website stated: “Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season. Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
Mkhitaryan said after successful Roma medical: “It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.”
He had chosen the Number 77 jersey.
Below is the video of Mkhitaryan arriving Rome ahead of his transfer from Arsenal:
Mkhitaryan will leave the Emirates Stadium after a season with the Gunners, where he helped the club to a fifth-place finish and Europa League final which they lost to their city rival, Chelsea.
However, the arrival of Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe has limited Mkhitaryan playing time and has hence been permitted to leave the club.
Emery has keen to gash the Gunners‘ wage bill – with Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson among the first-team players who have been allowed to modify their trade away from the Emirates.
The Premier League club was open to transferring defender Shkodran Mustafi before Monday’s transfer deadline – but it’s not possible anymore because the transfer window has been shut until January 2020, the 27-year-old German will stay with the Gunners for the rest of the year.