Mkhitaryan loaned to Roma

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma on loan for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign, the club have confirmed.

The Armenian international joined us in an exchange deal with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez in January 2018 but has never hit the heights in the Premier League after moving to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

Mkhitaryan has found himself behind the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Joe Wiilock and Reiss Nelson in recent games, since starting our season opener at Newcastle United. His 23-minute cameo role in the North London derby on Sunday was partly down to Alexandre Lacazette going off injured.

The attacking midfielder has scored nine goals in 59 appearances in all competitions for us, making only 19 Premier League starts last season, and a further six en route to the Europa League final. He would have struggled for game time for the remainder of the season with the likes of both Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil only being named on the substitutes bench at the weekend.

It appears a loan move was the best deal we could get with no offers coming in for a permanent deal. To have the 30-year-old off the wage bill for the remainder of the season cannot be a bad thing as Unai Emery looks to blood more young midfielders into the first team.