Arsenal have terminated Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s contract and he has joined AS Roma on a permanent basis.
Mkhitaryan spent a majority of the 2019/20 season on loan at Roma. The former Borussia Dortmund player enjoyed a successful loan spell in Italy. He scored nine goals and provided six assists in 27 appearances for the club across all competitions.
The 31 year old had one year remaining on his contract with the Gunners going into the new season. Roma were keen on signing him permanently but did not want to pay a fee for the player. The North London side saw value in cancelling his contract as they will save significantly on his wages. Mkhitaryan was one of the higher earners at the club.
The Armenian signed for Arsenal from Manchester United in January 2018 in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford and Mkhitaryan arrive at the Emirates. During his 18 months at the club, he scored nine goals and provided thirteen assists in 59 appearances. He was a part of the Arsenal team that reached the Europa League final in 2019.
By signing Mkhitaryan, Roma have completed their second deal for a player from the Premier League. They recently announced the signing of former Chelsea player Pedro on a free transfer.
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