Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave Arsenal?
On Sunday, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a second-half sub as Arsenal drew 2-2 with Tottenham.
Mkhitaryan replaced Alexandre Lacazette after the French forward requested to come off in the north London derby.
Mkhitaryan was picked for Arsenal’s opener this season as the Gunners won 1-0 at Newcastle.
However, the Armenian was left out the Arsenal XI against Burnley, while he was a sub against Liverpool and Spurs.
It seems clear that Mkhitaryan isn’t a starter for Unai Emery.
Moreover, during Arsenal’s failed pursuit for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, rumours spread that Arsenal may sell Mkhitaryan to fund that deal.
On Monday, rumours are flying about that Mkhitaryan may leave Arsenal before the day is over.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan flying to Rome this morning to finalise loan move to Roma from Arsenal. #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) September 2, 2019
Mkhitaryan may join Roma on loan
September 2 is the final day of the European summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail report that Roma could land Mkhitaryan before the window closes:
Roma are hopeful of securing a loan deal for Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan before the European transfer window shuts, according to Sky Sports Italy.
The Armenian, 30, has dropped down the pecking order in north London following the £72million arrival of Nicolas Pepe and emergence of young winger Reiss Nelson.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2019
What we don’t know about Roma’s interest in Mkhitaryan
The Daily Mail fail to detail how Mkhitaryan’s loan could be structured.
One suspects Roma would need to pay Arsenal to sign Mkhitaryan, however the financial details aren’t revealed.
It’s also unclear if Roma would secure an option to buy Mkhitaryan if they close terms on the loan move.
Update: Football London’s James Benge has answered some of the above questions.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his way to Roma. I’m told they’ll be covering the majority of his wages and of course paying a loan fee. As I understand it there’s no option to buy, although of course clubs will be willing to negotiate a permanent deal if his time there is a success.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) September 2, 2019
Mkhitaryan’s Arsenal contract
Now 30, Mkhitaryan is under contract with Arsenal until 2021.
The Armenian captain joined the Gunners in January of 2018 from Man United.
Last season, Mkhitaryan scored six goals and chipped in with four assists in 25 Premier League matches.
Mkhitaryan scored six goals in 39 games in all competitions.
Can Arsenal shift Shkodran Mustafi?
According to Goal.com’s Charles Watts, it “could be a busy day at the Emirates” with regards to outgoings.
It’s reported that Arsenal believe that it’s “possible” Shkodran Mustafi leaves the Emirates Stadium today.
Unfortunately, Charles Watts fails to name any possible suitors for Mustafi.
In addition, it’s unclear whether Mustafi would leave Arsenal as part of a loan deal or in a permanent transfer.
Could be a busy day at the Emirates. Talks with Roma ongoing over a loan move for Mkhitaryan. Looking likely. Also told an exit for Mustafi is possible today.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 2, 2019