Negotiations are continuing between Arsenal and Roma about making the move of Henrikh Mkhitaryan into a permanent deal.
The Armenian international joined the Serie A side on loan for the season in August, after enduring a difficult time in England, first at Manchester United, and then at the Gunners, who he joined as part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez head in the other direction.
In part, injuries have hindered his progress and they have been an issue in Italy as well limiting him to just 16 appearances for the club so far. However, he has scored 7 goals for them, and they have seen enough to want to make the transfer permanent.
There are several conditions though. One is how much Arsenal want for Mkhitaryan, and the other is the length of contract he is likely to demand. They are only prepared to offer him two years and, if he holds out for more, they will walk away from any deal.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.