Mkhitaryan has joined Chris Smalling in the Italian capital
Mkhitaryan has joined Chris Smalling in the Italian capitalEPA

Arsenal are close to offloading Henrikh Mkhitaryan on deadline day of the European transfer window but hopes are fading that Shkodran Mustafi will follow him out the door.

Mkhitaryan, 30, has arrived in Italy to try to complete a loan move to Roma,who will have an option to buy the attacking midfielder.

Mkhitaryan came on during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspuryesterday but has been unable to rediscover the form he showed playing for Borussia Dortmund between 2013 to 2016. He joined Arsenal for £27 million from Manchester United in a deal that sent Alexis Sánchez in the opposite direction in January 2018.

Mkhitaryan was Arsenal’s third-highest scorer with six Premier League goals last season but his chances of starting regularly have been affected.

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