Mkhitaryan wants permanent move to AS Roma

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to leave Arsenal and make his move to Roma permanent once his loan deal expires.

It can be recalled that the Armenian joined the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan from Arsenal in September and has been enjoying life in Italy.

Although Roma were not given the option to sign the playmaker at the end of the loan spell, he remains optimistic that something can be done so he can stay put at the club for seasons to come.

‘I don’t know how long I’m going to stay here,’ he said in a chat with Futbol with Grant Wahl podcast. ‘I like Rome as a city and AS Roma as a club, I wish I could stay here longer but it’s not up to me.

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‘I’m doing my best, I’m training, I’m learning Italian to improve so let’s see what’s going to happen next.

‘The club and the philosophy of the manager suits me. I’m very happy to play this type of football because it makes me feel pleasure, it makes me enjoy playing football. It’s the only reason, I guess.

‘Of course, I’d like to be at Roma next season and not just next season, for another few years. I still have a contract with Arsenal, it’s not up to me. It’s up to Arsenal and Roma if they agree the terms of the transfer fee.

‘My thinking is to play hard, to train hard and to look forward. If I’m not going to stay at Roma and have to go back to Arsenal, I’m not complaining.

‘Football life changes so quick, you have to be ready to play wherever you are. If not in Roma, I’ll go back to Arsenal. If not that, I’ll stay here and play for Roma.’

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The 31-year-old joined Arsenal from Manchester United when both clubs did a swap deal which saw Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez moving in the other direction.

However, both players have not lived up to the billing and are currently on loan to the Serie A. The Chile international is currently at Inter Milan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made 17 appearances for Roma in all competitions this season and has scored 6 goals. Meanwhile, his contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the 2020/21 football season.