Roma have signed Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Arsenal on loan.
The 30-year old midfielder joined the Gunners in the swap deal that took Alexis Sánchez to Manchester United, a move that did not work out well for either club. Sánchez proved an expensive flop at Old Trafford, before they finally farmed him out on loan to Inter Milan last month.
For his part, Mkhitaryan has scarcely fared better at the Emirates, managing just 9 goals from 59 appearances.
He came off the bench as a substitute against Tottenham in the North London derby on Sunday, but produced a typically ineffectual performance as the game passed him by.
Arsenal had made no secret of the fact that they wanted to get rid of the player, but his high wages had deterred potential suitors. However, Roma have now stepped in and will pay Arsenal a loan fee of £2.7 million (€3 million) for the coming season, with an option to buy at the end of it.
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