There are a few players that are set to return to Arsenal from loan this summer, some of those names include Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny and William Saliba. Which of them will remain and which will be moved on remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure, Arsenal will be looking to raise funds with all that’s going on in the world right now.
One player that is certainly in Arsenal’s firing line to be sold is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who enjoyed a successful loan trip at Roma this season. It does seem, though, that he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium, particularly under Mikel Arteta.
According to a new report from ESPN, the Italian club has demanded that Arsenal pay a portion of Mkhitaryan’s wages if he is to be moved on. Therefore, Arsenal will have to take into more careful consideration whether they wish to move the Armenian on this summer.
Of course, money would still be made from the sale and it’s not like Roma is asking for the club to pay ALL of his wages. However, they want to make as little financial commitment as possible, therefore, it may be best for the Arsenal board to look out for other suitors than just Roma.
With that being said, it will be a very snatch-and-grab market this summer and it’s bound to be unlike any we’ve seen in the past. So if Roma is Arsenal’s only option, they are still an option, and Mkhitaryan should be sold (in my opinion).
It was reported on Wednesday that Arsenal would need to sell at least six players since they are still paying off the debt that Nicolas Pepe put them in last summer. For those that don’t know, Pepe is being purchased in installments, so his former club are expecting a payment from the Gunners next season which they must raise funds for.
That said, it’s likely that Mkhitaryan is one of those that will be sold. He did well to fill the void left by Alexis Sanchez when it was needed, so it shouldn’t be a toxic goodbye from the Arsenal fans. But at the same time, this shouldn’t be used to his advantage. Arsenal must be cruel to be kind by selling him.
Cover image: Clément Bucco-Lechat, 2014