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Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits a lack of playing time at Arsenal forced him to consider a last minute loan move to Roma. The Armenia international was signed in January 2018 by Arsene Wenger as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford.
After creating three goals on his debut, Mkhitaryan’s form dipped alarmingly and he struggled to cement a regular place in Unai Emery’s team last season. The 30-year-old did make three appearances this season, the most recent of which came as a substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham, but was deemed surplus to requirements by Emery.
And with Nicolas Pepe adding to Arsenal’s options out wide, Mkhitaryan jumped at the opportunity to join Roma on transfer deadline day.
‘Everything happened in the last day right after the Tottenham game I got a call from my agent,’ he said ahead of Armenia’s match against Italy. ‘He told me that I have to fly to Rome the next day to have a medical with the team and also sign a contract. ‘It is a great opportunity for me as I didn’t get a lot of playing time.’