Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed a season-long loan move from Arsenal to Roma, both clubs have confirmed. Armenia international came on as a second-half substitute in Gunners 2-2 draw against Tottenham before flying to Italy’s capital the following morning to undergo a medical with the Giallorossi.
Though the Premier League transfer window ended on August 8, before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, Italian clubs have been able to do business up until their 5 pm deadline on Monday afternoon. It’s understood Roma will be paying Henrikh’s £200,000-a-week wages and have the option to buy him at any time during his stay at the club.
London club confirmed the move in a statement: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A club AS Roma on loan for the rest of the campaign. ‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’
The 30-year-old attacker said of the move: ‘It’s a great chance 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.’ Armenian star started only 19 league games last term and has just managed nine goals in all tournaments since his move from the Red Devils.
Mkhitaryan’s first-team chances were likely to be limited under Unai Emery following the arrivals of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli this transfer window. Roma also signed Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta, Chris Smalling from Man United, Jordan Veretout from Fiorentina and Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid this summer.