Arsenal have sent out Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan deal to Serie A side AS Roma so that the Armenian can get to play regular football.
And many believe the playmaker’s time at the Emirates is well and truly over since he wouldn’t be returning to England next summer.
Recently Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi had revealed that the player decided to take a massive pay-cut in order to join AS Roma which led some people to believe that there was a fallout between Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his manager
Petrachi said: “The idea was to invest in important young people. In situations where we found ourselves at the end of the market, or we made investments in young people or operations like those for Micky.
“He is a top player with very high costs and costs, the boy has given up on lots of money to come to Rome. Time will tell if we have the chance to keep players like that.”
Now though, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has come out to say that the only reason why he chose to move out of Arsenal so urgently was because he was desperate to get more game time
“Now I am in Rome and I focus on them,” said Mkhitaryan.
“This is not a step backwards as a great football is played here. I wanted to change the scenery and for me, it is an opportunity to be seized.
“I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place. I no longer felt happy. Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football. The messages after the two national matches made me happy, but now I have to concentrate on Rome.
“I will never give up and I will fight to the end. I’m not afraid of pressure, I’m used to it having already played with great teams.
“I know that the slightest mistake is criticised while a good performance is exalted. If you agree to play soccer you must be ready to face criticism.
“Serie A is a great opportunity, I accepted immediately with enthusiasm. We didn’t even talk about money.”
It will be very hard for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to return back to Arsenal next summer but we believe the whole situation depends on what happens to Dani Ceballos.
If Real Madrid decide to call back Ceballos next summer then surely the Armenian will be coming back or else there is a big chance that he will be staying in Rome permanently.