It was discussed earlier in the season, but apparently there has been nothing confirmed until today when Arsenal issued a statement that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be having his contract terminated, in order for him to go and sign for Roma.
While Arsenal won’t get a fee from Roma, they will benefit from clearing Mkhitaryan’s large salary from the their books. At £180,000 per week, Mkhitaryan was Arsenal’s 4th highest paid player. It is an astounding amount given how little Arsenal really got from him.
Micki leaves us following his season-long loan in Italy. We have agreed to terminate his contract with us by mutual consent to allow him to join Roma in a permanent move.
The Armenia international joined us from Manchester United in January 2018 and memorably marked his first Premier League start for us with a hat-trick of assists in a 5-1 win over Everton.
During his time with us, Micki helped us reach the 2019 Europa League final and he claimed a total of 13 assists and scored nine goals in all competitions as a Gunner.Arsenal.com on Henrikh Mkhitaryan
This frees up his £9,360,000 wages to be spent elsewhere, like paying Aubameyang. We knew coming into the window, clearing Arsenal’s wage bill of large sums being spent on non-producing players was going to be a crucial aspect of the rebuild. This is a step in the right direction.