It has been confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will spend the season on loan at AS Roma.
The Armenia international joined the Gunners 19 months ago from Manchester United in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move the other way but like the Chilean, who moved to Inter Milan last week, he’s struggled for form in his new surroundings.
On the face of it, 13 assists and nine goals in 59 appearances isn’t a terrible return from Mkhitaryan but as anyone who watches him knows, the only thing that’s consistent about his performances is his inconsistency.
According to David Ornstein, Roma will pay all of Mkhitaryan’s wages, thought to be in the region of £200,000, but there is no obligation or first option to buy. Contrary to that, the Guardian says the Serie A outfit do have an option to buy.
The 30-year-old’s exit does put the pressure on our young players to step up. Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka are waiting in the wings for a chance to play the wide role. There’s also renewed focus on Mesut Ozil’s position in the squad; without the competition provided by Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey and Micki he should be getting more starts.
Best of luck to Micki in Italy, we look forward to the look on agent Mino Raiola’s face when he sees his cash cows facing each other on 8 December.