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Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma

first_imgArsenal have loaned Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma until the end of the season (Picture: EPA)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed a season-long loan move from Arsenal to Roma, both clubs have confirmed.The 30-year-old midfielder came on as a second-half substitute in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham before flying to Italy’s capital the following morning to undergo a medical with the Serie A giants.Though the Premier League transfer window ended on August 8, before the start of the 2019/20 season, Serie A clubs have been able to do business up until their 5pm deadline on Monday afternoon.It’s understood Roma will be paying Mkhitaryan’s £200,000-a-week wages and have the option to buy the Armenian at any time during his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Skip Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Sep 2019 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link378Shares Top articles Read More 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Read More / Mkhitaryan has had an underwhelming 18-month spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mkhitaryan started just 19 league matches last term and has only managed nine goals in all competitions since his move from Manchester United in January 2018.His first-team opportunities were likely to be limited under Unai Emery following the arrivals of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli this summer.MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t be speaking to Mohamed Salah after Sadio Mane outburst Read More PLAY Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma SPONSORED Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal confirmed the move in a statement: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season.‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’Mkhitaryan said of the move: ‘It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.’ 1/1 Comment About Connatix V67539last_img read more

Van der Sar backs Rooney to stay

first_imgFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar does not believe Wayne Rooney needs a change of scenery to get back to his best in front of goal. The 27-year-old striker has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since it was revealed he had a transfer request rejected by the Barclays Premier League champions towards the end of the season. Van der Sar, who is now a marketing director with Ajax, feels Rooney could find a new lease of life under incoming United manager David Moyes. The Dutchman told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “There has been so much pressure on him, you build him up and put all your money on him to make England world or European champions.” He added: “So it’s also quite easy to cut him down again. Players have indifferent seasons and maybe Wayne’s been overtaken by Robin van Persie this year but it’s the hard work that he puts in for the team (that should be recognised).” Rooney scored 12 league goals to summer signing Van Persie’s personal haul of 26 in the 2012-13 campaign. “It was maybe a lesser season (for Rooney) and he didn’t play the last couple of games but he’s really important for United,” Van der Sar added. “English players tend to stay in England to play their football and rightly so because you have big clubs, the tradition and the stadiums are always full. “With the change of manager and backroom staff it could be a big change for Manchester United but I don’t think you’ll find a better atmosphere at many other clubs.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more