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Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the dark over Arsenal future

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New AS Roma loan signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he doesn’t know what awaits his Arsenal future come next summer.

Despite only having a season and a half under his belt, Mkhitaryan left Arsenal on Monday’s transfer deadline to complete a season-long loan to Roma.

The former Manchester United midfielder managed nine goals and 13 assists in 59 appearances for Arsenal. However, he found himself on the fringes this season after making just one start in the club’s first four Premier League games.

This came about following the arrival of Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos and the emergence of the young Joe Willock.

Rather than risk spending the campaign on the bench then, Mkhitaryan left the Emirates Stadium for Roma.

And it seems the 30-year-old has no idea what’s around the corner following Armenia’s 3-1 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Italy.

“Let’s first see what I can do in Roma,” Mkhitaryan told reporters at the end of the match.

“At the end of the season I think we can talk if I will have the possibility to stay or to go to something else, I don’t know.

“Now, I cannot say about future, it’s better to be focused on the next games.”

Mkhitaryan joins fellow Premier League players Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea and United’s Chris Smalling on loan at the Italian capital. Atletico Madrid forward Nikola Kalinic has also signed up on a similar loan deal to the trio.

Undoubtedly, Roma hope their new players will help turn things around for them following a slow start to the new season.

Paulo Fonseca’s side have drawn both of their opening Serie A games, and find themselves down in 15th-place.

But Roma can rely on Mkhitaryan, with the Armenian happy to do whatever it takes to help out his new club.

“I’m ready to play in every position and I’m ready to help the team because the club is great,” said Mkhitaryan.

“The team is a very good team and I’m going to try and do my best to help the team to achieve.”

Mkhitaryan could make his Giallorossi debut at home to Sassuolo in the Serie A on September 15.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Arsenal and BATE Borisov at Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)