Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis to AS Roma after they terminated his contract by mutual consent.
The Armenia international fell out-of-favour under Unai Emery last term and he was loaned out to the Giallorossi where he made a good impression with nine goals and six assists from 27 outings.
Mkhitaryan had been eager to make the switch to the Serie A outfit on a permanent deal and the Gunners have permitted his departure on a free transfer.
While the Gunners will receive no transfer fee, they are set to free up his wages of around £180,000-a-week and that should help to meet the salary demands of future signings.
The north London giants have already landed the services of Willian on a free transfer and they are soon expected to confirm the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.