Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaves Arsenal for Roma on season-long loan

LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Sporting CP and Arsenal at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 25, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Image: Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been at Arsenal since January 2018

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Roma on a season-long loan.

Mkhitaryan arrived in Rome on Monday morning to finalise the deal and underwent a medical with the Serie A side.

Roma will pay Arsenal a loan fee of €3m (£2.7m) with the deal not expected to include an option to buy, according to Sky in Italy.

The Armenian joined Arsenal in January 2018 as part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez leave the Gunners for Manchester United.

Sanchez left United after a disappointing year-and-a-half last week, moving to Italy to join Inter Milan on loan.

During his time at the Emirates, Mkhitaryan has scored nine goals in 56 games, making his most recent appearance as a second-half substitute against north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

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Roma added a number of players to their squad during a busy summer window, including the loan signings of Davide Zappacosta from Chelsea and Chris Smalling from Manchester United.

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They also signed Atletico Madrid's former Blackburn forward Nikola Kalinic on loan for the season, while striker Patrick Schick will spend the rest of the campaign at RB Leipzig. Both deals were concluded late on Monday and include permanent options at the end of the season.

Although the Premier League transfer window closed on August 8, most European leagues - including Serie A - were able to buy players until Monday September 2.

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