Roma have announced this evening that they have extended Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s loan deal until the end of the Serie A season.
The deal done with Arsenal last year had a June 30th deadline, but because of the Covid-19 crisis seasons have been extended. In much the same way we found new terms with Real Madrid over Dani Ceballos, a deal has been done to extend the Armenian’s time in Italy.
Not only that, I Giallorossi say that there is a ‘preliminary agreement’ between the various parties for the 2020-21 campaign also.
The 31 year old joined Arsenal in January 2018 from Manchester United, one half of the most expensive and underwhelming swap deal in football history.
Alexis Sanchez went the other way to earn more than £400,000 a week at Old Trafford, while Mkhitaryan’s £200,000 a week made him one of Arsenal’s highest earners behind only Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In 59 appearances for the Gunners, he scored 9 goals and made 13 assists, but never found any real consistency and certainly never recaptured the kind of form that he displayed at Borussia Dortmund.
On his move to Serie A, the midfielder opened up on his unhappiness in North London, saying, “At Arsenal I was not getting pleasure, so that’s why I said it was better to come to Roma and to get happy and to get the pleasure from playing football again.
“I knew I was not going to play a lot – maybe I would sit on the bench, like I did the last three games before the international break.
“I knew here I would have more opportunity to play.”
In total he has played 19 games for Roma, producing 6 goals and 4 assists in his time there.
Best of luck to him.