Arsenal winger, in Rome ahead of Roma loan move

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Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Monday arrived in Rome in bid to complete his AS Roma loan move.

In January 2018, The Armenia International joined as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez moving to Manchester United, but he has since then been underwhelmed in the North London club.

The 30-year-old, made only 19 starts in the Premier League last season and struggled to convince Unai Emery he was worthy of more regular appearances as Arsenal winger.

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Although he made a substitute appearance in Sunday’s north London derby draw with Tottenham, Arsenal have opted to let the midfielder depart.

Much like Sanchez, who has left United on loan for Inter, Mkhitaryan’s next challenge will also be in Serie A, having arrived at Rome airport.

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Mkhitaryan was photographed with a Roma scarf upon his arrival and he will become the club’s second loan acquisition from the Premier League in the last week, after former United team-mate Chris Smalling joined last week.

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Roma will hope Mkhitaryan can finally rediscover the form he showed at Borussia Dortmund, when he scored 11 goals and provided a league-high 15 assists in the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign.

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