It has been confirmed on Roma’s official website that Arsenal attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay with the Serie A outfit.
The Armenian international has agreed to stay at the club until the end of the 2019/20 campaign; with a preliminary agreement in place for next season.
Mkhitaryan has played 19 times for Roma since checking in during September 2019. His Arsenal contract will expire in the summer of 2021 and his days at the Emirates Stadium now look numbered.
He arrived as part of the deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in 2018, with things not really working out for the midfielder in north London.
With Mikel Arteta now in the hot seat it would seem he is keen to get some players out to aid his own recruitment drive.
Mkhitaryan is paid £180,000-a-week by the Gunners and with European football not looking likely next season some sacrifices may need to be made.
Arsenal may look to blood more youngsters next season. Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka are just two players who are thriving under Arteta.
Following the agreement of his stay at Roma, Mkhitaryan took to Twitter to speak of his delight at getting the deal done.
Arsenal fans were keen to wish the player well, with it now almost certain that he has played his last game for the club.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Gunners faithful in response to Mkhitaryan.
Good luck for the future
— Missarsenal2020 (@missarsenal1976) July 1, 2020
Wishing you all the best ..it’s sad it be ever worked out at Premier league nor at Arsenal
— Öscar Ronald (@O_the1) July 1, 2020
All best Mhki…..
— GoonerAK (@18aniafc86) July 1, 2020
That's the right attitude Mkhi, better than sitting on the bench and collecting paychecks while saying you Love the club. Goodluck
— MarcusAFC (@worldstarbro) July 1, 2020
Mikhi magic, good luck mate?
— Tenzin Gejed (@BhuGejee) July 1, 2020
Good luck Mkhi!
Really enjoyed to watch you at Arsenal, classy player ?
— Max Power (@MaxPower_Afc) July 1, 2020