Arsenal fans have expressed their joy over social media, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan officially completing a loan move to AS Roma on transfer deadline day.
The 30-year-old featured in Sunday’s North London Derby as a substitute for the Gunners, but just 24 hours later he has now departed the Emirates Stadium.
The winger has struggled to make the desired impact for the Gunners since joining the club in January 2018 as part of a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.
Mkhitaryan leaves the club on a temporary basis, with Roma having an option to buy next summer, according to The Guardian.
Mkhitaryan scored just nine goals in 59 appearances for Arsenal, and will be hoping to recapture the kind of form he showed as a Borussia Dortmund player a few years ago.
football.london report that Unai Emery intends to hand more minutes to Gabriel Martinelli following Mkhitaryan’s exit.
Arsenal fans react
It just hasn’t clicked for him in north London and the move has gone down very well with the majority of Arsenal fans, who have really struggled to warm to Mkhitaryan since his arrival:
Don Raul did it again!!!???
— Gourav Chakraborty (@MutilatedDreams) 2 September 2019
Still shipping the dead woods out.. Great job arsenal
— tha_GUNNERS_man (@Official_AE10) 1 September 2019
King Raul ?
— Marcin Sobczyk (@MarcinSobczyk93) 1 September 2019
Mkhitaryan has been an absolute useless since signed for us. He is one season wonder player (2015/16).
He is lucky to have agent like Raiola who helped him to get deals with big clubs.
It’s so great to see him leave so Nelson and ESR get more chances as second choices.#Arsenal pic.twitter.com/7WbAVEuVOQ
— Abdulaziz . (@AFC14BVB) 2 September 2019
— Isaac Keown (@5Keown) 2 September 2019
Getting Mkhitaryan off the wage bill could quite possibly be the best bit of business we’ve done all summer
— . (@rah_afc) 2 September 2019
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) 2 September 2019
Can’t believe he got 3 assists in his debut game against Leicester last season and we all thought he’s gonna tear PL apart, sad it went the other way. All the best Mkhi in Italy ? really hope you have a good time there.
— Dammit Arsenal ? (@DammitArsenal) 2 September 2019
— Dave? (@KingNico88) 2 September 2019
Love to see it
— Sameer™ (@afcnine) 2 September 2019
Thank god ..this calls for celebration
— TravisJ (@jefegbunu) 2 September 2019
Raul Sanllehi FC
The man has actually cleared out most of the deadwood. Xhaka and Mustafi left.
— Frosty (@AFCFrost) 2 September 2019