Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrives in Roma to complete move from Arsenal

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan

has arrived in Italy to complete a season-long loan move from to as the European transfer window prepares to close.

Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium this season following the arrivals of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos.

Reiss Nelson’s return from his loan spell at Hoffenheim and the emergence of Joe Willock have created further competition in attacking midfield roles, and as such Mkhitaryan faces watching much of the campaign from the Emirates Stadium sidelines.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan

But the Giallorossi are now set to bring the Armenia international to Stadio Olimpico before the 9pm BST (4pm ET) transfer deadline for Serie A clubs, with Goal able to confirm that they will pay a loan fee and contribute a significant amount towards Mkhitaryan’s £180,000-per-week wages. There is no option to buy included within the package.

see the deal as beneficial both for the player, who will earn more regular game time, and their own youngsters such as Nelson and summer signing Gabriel Martinelli as they will now earn more minutes in the first team.

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Mkhitaryan has struggled for consistency since joining the Gunners in January 2018 as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.

In total Mkhitaryan has made 59 appearances for , scoring nine goals and laying on 13 assists.

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Three of those appearances have come this season, though he has not started since Unai Emery’s side’s opening weekend victory over Newcastle.

Should he complete his move to Paulo Fonseca’s side he will become ’s second loan signing from the Premier League in a matter of days following the arrival of Chris Smalling from Manchester United on Friday.

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