Arsenal have announced the departure of Henrik Mkhitaryan in a move that is probably beneficial for all parties involved.
The Gunners confirmed on their official website that the winger has left the club on a permanent basis to return to Serie A side AS Roma, where he was on loan last season.
Arsenal have agreed with the player to terminate his contract so that he can join Roma. The north London club released a statement which said that: “Everyone at Arsenal thanks Micki for his contribution to the club and wishes him all the best for his future with Roma.”
Across his career, which has included spells at Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Arsenal, the Armenian has scored 143 goals and recorded 113 assists in 451 appearances, per Transfermarkt. However, in this time with the Gunners, his best tally in one season was six goals and four assists, a modest return for an attacking player at a club with Champions League aspirations.
However, he clearly impressed at Roma and it is not hard to see why as he scored nine goals and supplied five assists last season, per Transfermarkt, and it seems like the 31 year-old is now more suited to the style of football in Italy.
There is no doubting his quality as he is Armenia’s all-time top goalscorer and has also been named Armenian Footballer of the Year nine times, as per Arsenal.com, but the move to Italy makes sense and he was very unlikely to usurp Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order as the duo managed 27 goals and nine assists between them last season, per WhoScored.
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