Serie A giants ready to extend Arsenal playmaker loan deal

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In news that may come as a relief to all sides, it appears that Giallorossi are willing to extend Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s loan deal from Gunners for another campaign and add in a compulsory purchase option for summer 2021.

Armenia international never settled in Arsenal, with the Daily Mail noting his poor output of just nine goals in 59 games. It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, when the London giants looked to offload him at the earliest chance.

Now, the Italian newspaper, Il Tempo, cited by the Daily Mail, suggests that the Italian club are keen for Henrikh to stay in the capital, and they will honour a purchase option for a year’s time if Arsenal will agree to a further loan.

Mkhitaryan himself knows that his future isn’t with the London giants, even going as far as sending them a message earlier this month that left no room for doubt.

“My time in London is over, I hope you (Arsenal) manage to find an agreement with Roma because my desire is to remain,” he’s alleged to have said.

To that end, if Mikel Arteta is able to rid the club of Henrikh’s wages, it possibly frees up funds to be used elsewhere.