Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been quoted by Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio as saying that he is open to leaving Arsenal on a permanent deal at the end of the season, as he remains on loan at Roma.
The 30-year-old playmaker joined Roma on loan from Arsenal in the summer after struggling to impress under Unai Emery. The £72million signing of Nicolas Pepe saw Mkhitaryan fall down the pecking order.
Mkhitaryan, who earns £180,000 a week at Arsenal (Spotrac), is struggling for game time after missing the last seven Roma matches because of a muscle injury. But the ex-Manchester United man is close to a recovery.
Mkhitaryan stated that he is focusing on playing for Roma throughout 2019-20 but stated that “anything is possible” and will be willing to leave the Gunners permanently – but stated that is something to discuss at the end of his loan.
On his future, Mkhitaryan said: “The loan is for one year, but anything is possible. We’ll see what to do at the end of the year.”
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal look to keep Mkhitaryan?
One positive from Emery’s reign this season is that the Spanish manager has looked to blood a lot of youngsters. unfortunately for Armenia international Mkhitaryan, the majority are in his position out wide.
Indeed, the likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have all been used out wide. Bringing Mkhitaryan back into the fold would only stunt the growth of those young stars.