Roma reluctant to meet Arsenal’s £22m demand for Henrikh Mkhitaryan but could seal another loan deal for Gunners’ misfit midfielder
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has spent the season on loan at Roma from Arsenal
- But injuries have limited the midfielder to just 13 league starts while in Italy
- However return of six goals and three assists means Roma keen on another loan
Arsenal’s attempts to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer have taken a setback, with Roma unwilling to pay the £22million asking price.
Mkhitaryan has spent the season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium under former manager Unai Emery.
The midfielder has struggled with injuries during his time in Serie A and has just 13 league starts for the club this term.
Roma are unwilling to pay Arsenal’s £22million asking price for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
However during his time on the pitch he has struck six goals and contributed three assists.
But according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, although Roma still don’t want to pay the asking price for the Armenia international they have seen enough potential to pursue a loan for another season.
Mkhitaryan remained coy on his future in a recent interview, but admitted he had settled into Roma’s style of play much better than his time at Arsenal under Emery.
The midfielder has spent much of the year in Serie A after falling down Arsenal’s pecking order
‘The philosophy of Emery was different from [Roma manager, Paolo] Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me,’ the 31-year-old said.
‘I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.’
‘I can’t say anything at the moment because the season is stopped, we don’t know when we’ll start playing again and what will happen in the summer.’
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