Arsenal could be stuck with outcast unless they lower their valuation

Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to make Arsenal return unless Gunners reduce their asking price.

Arsenal may have to keep Henrikh Mkhitaryan on next season if they don’t lower their asking price for the 31-year-old.

The Gunners want £20 million for a player who has failed to live up to his talents since he moved from Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester United.

He joined Arsenal in a straight swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in 2018, but he has failed to impress for much of his time at the Emirates and Unai Emery was forced to ship him out on loan.

Mkhitaryan has impressed in his few starts for Roma and the Italians are interested in keeping him beyond this season.

However, they had a bid of £8.5million for his permanent signing rejected outright by Arsenal last month.

Sun Sport is claiming that the Romans have no intention of returning with an improved offer and the Armenian may be forced to return to Arsenal in the summer.

The report further claims that Mikel Arteta has been monitoring Mkhitaryan’s progress in Italy, but the Spaniard has no long-term plans for him.

Arteta would be more interested in giving more opportunities to the likes of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson.

The attacking midfielder has recently criticized Arsenal for breaking the promises they made to him when he joined them and it is hard to believe that the club was impressed with what he had to say. But economics trumps everything and it could be a case of kiss and make up for all parties.

13 Comments

  1. Grandad says:

    Accept the offer of 8.5m and move on.The funds will effectively cover the cost of Luis.

  2. Theophilus says:

    There are enough bodies already in his position so no need

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Mhikatarian complains about Arsenal not complying with promises he claims they made to him; yet he doesn’t seem to believe that they expected him to perform as a professional footballer to a level commensurate with his weekly wage.

      1. Durand says:

        Fair shot ozziegunner, fair shot. Odd how he expects club to uphold their end, but omits himself from any accountability on his end. He stunk at united, and stunk on ice at the Emirates.

        Yet another player who doesn’t put in a full shift, but demands a full paycheck. He can’t match the demands of the PL, and should slink back to a lesser league with his lesser self.

  3. rixizo says:

    8.5 million i will take that a run….

  4. Sue says:

    I can’t believe we want 20m for him!!!
    We should be happy that someone has offered over 5m!!! Come on Arsenal, get shot please…. don’t fancy being stuck with him.

  5. Diogenes says:

    Well, he is and will remain massively better than Reiss Nelson who will never be a starter for a club the size of Roma.

    He is also still better than Willock (if he played under Arteta) Saying this because he was world class at Shakhtar and Borussia, and pretty decent under Mourinho and Wenger. One manager cannot undo genuine talent.

    But his wages are too high and he will only get worse unlike Willock, and I believe we will take 12 – 15 for him.
    8.5 is a joke, but so is the 20 M rumour.

  6. Stewart Macintosh says:

    This goes to an article yesterday or day before about housecleaning. Arsenal can unload anyone they don’t want by being realistic with valuations and offers.

    If the player is somebody that they may want to keep, then set the rate high.

    They don’t want Mkhitaryan, so why hold on. You get a bit of money and the wage bill off the books. He had a couple of decent games, but that was it.

    Being pragmatic and realistic with managing transfer fees and salaries is what has really gotten away from Arsenal over the past decade or so. Wenger gets some heat on this, but the upper management deserves a lot of the blame, and by the time Emery takes over, I think that management gets all of the blame. Emery’s problem was that he just couldn’t manage the team or figure out what he wanted to do. In a way he did us a real favour as he (hopefully) identified our bottom.

  7. RSH says:

    Yup. Arsenal need to accept that we have a lot of players that are low in demand, and have dropped drastically in market value. The goal should be to clear the books of players we dont need and just accept the losses from some of the player sales. Miki is worth pennies now. No club will ever pay 20mill for him. Same with Elneny, Mustafi, Ozil. They all have low market values and only Ozil would garner close to 20mill out of this group. 8.5mill for Miki can probably be negotiated to at most 10mill on a good day and I’d call that a win.

  8. ken1945 says:

    Sitting here in America, watching over my cash cow, I have to raise my eyebrows when I read how the fans at The Arsenal want to give my money away with impunity.
    I employ this new regime at great expense, to manage contracts, transfers, valuations and expect them to understand what they are doing.
    I’ve told them that the club has to be self sufficient and if these fans think I’m going to keep dipping my hand into my pocket, just to keep losing money hand over fist they are wrong.
    This guy mackintyrene will have to come back if we don’t get the money set out by the new regime and I will let Micheal Artita sort it out – after all, he’s so inexperienced he keeps trying to get the best out of our players by spending more of my money out in Dubai – little does he know that will come out of any transfer monies promised.
    Stanley Kronkie – Sole Owner of Arsenal Football Club.

    1. Durand says:

      very witty Mr. Kronke.
      Say, how did your LA Rams do this year? Were they busy justifying that multi BILLION dollar stadium you are constructing?
      I didn’t see them in the playoffs, did I miss the game?
      Does the new XFL team in Los Angeles make you nervous over your Rams investment?

      Haven’t seen you around lately, too busy deflating the Denver Nugget fans hopes? Deciding who to sell by deadline day? Perhaps shoveling $h!t on your ranch, or to the media, same difference really.

  9. Allstar abs says:

    You are off topic mr ken

    1. ken1945 says:

      Sorry Allstar abs, at least Durand has given us an update on dear old stans other clubs!!!

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