Arsenal spent the summer busy rebuilding their squad after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season. Losing in the Europa League final to Chelsea ended their chances after finishing fifth in the Premier League.
The Gunners made several new additions with Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney all arriving at the club.
In order to offset the arrivals, some departures were always going to prove inevitable. On deadline day in England, Alex Iwobi departed for Everton; whilst on European deadline day, Herikh Mkhitaryan joined for Roma on loan.
A report from Football London has outlined some details regarding the deal which took the Armenian away from the Emirates Stadium.
It claims that Mkhitaryan’s wage packet in total equates to £200,000-a-week and a stumbling block was the percentage which both parties were happy with.
The report suggests that Roma eventually agreed to pay the entire wage packet, essentially saving Arsenal £10 million.
Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners in January 2018 as part of the deal which saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United. In 59 appearances for Arsenal, he netted nine goals and registered 13 assists, struggling to pin down a regular place in the team.
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It has to be said that persuading Roma into paying £200,000-a-week for Mkhitaryan has to be seen as a masterstroke by Head of Football Relations, Raul Sanllehi.
The former Director of Football at Barcelona has proved his worth by trimming such an amount off the wage budget for at least a season.
Mkhitaryan never really scaled the heights in the Premier League that he showcased at Borussia Dortmund. Indeed, the move looks like a good one for all parties.
Arsenal added Nicolas Pepe to their ranks in the summer and his arrival was always going to knock the 84 cap international down the pecking order.
Although Arsenal spent heavily in the summer, the chance to recoup £10 million in wages from offloading a player that is surplus is fantastic business by the Gunners.