Arsenal have elected to offload Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Serie A side AS Roma on a permanent deal.
Mkhitaryan spent the entire 2019/20 season on loan at Roma, scoring nine goals in 22 Serie A appearances as Roma ended their league campaign in fifth place.
The 31-year-old becomes Roma’s second signing from the Premier League (PL) this summer as former Chelsea winger Pedro also moved to the Italian capital.
Arsenal released a statement on Monday evening to officially bid farewell to Mkhitaryan.
“Everyone at Arsenal thanks Micki for his contribution to the club and wishes him all the best for his future with Roma,” said the London club.
“During his time with us, Micki helped us reach the 2019 Europa League final and he claimed a total of 13 assists and scored nine goals in all competitions as a Gunner.”
Mkhitaryan said he is delighted to join Roma permanently.
“I‘d like to thank Arsenal, its personnel and the millions of ‘Gunners’ all who supported me over the past 1,5 years,” said Mkhitaryan.
“A special thanks to Arsène Wenger for having brought me to the club and for his trust in me. Now the preparation begins with my new challenge and my second-year adventure in Serie A. I love the city of Roma.
“I love this club and I count the fans in my heart. I will give all of my effort in helping us achieve our goals,” concluded ‘Micki’.
The new 2020/21 Serie A season will start on September 19 and end on May 21, 2021.
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