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Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't extend Borussia Dortmund deal – or leave this summer

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The rumored Arsenal pursuit may be over before it even really started.

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A few weeks ago, there was some rumbling that Arsenal could be after Borussia Dortmund's star midfielder Henrikh MkhitaryanHe was possibly interested in comingDortmund were possibly interested in sellingArsenal were possibly interested.

Well, according to quotes from BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola, that could all be going up in smoke already.

Now, all that doesn't guarantee that Mkhitaryan won't move this summer. It could be posturing, it could be Raiola trying to make something happen. If they really want to move now, the way to do it would probably be to make the situation untenable and force a sale (and that's not something I'd put past any agent). But it's not particularly encouraging, especially after a week or so of silence. Not for Dortmund certainly, and not for Arsenal fans who wanted Mkhitaryan.

I guess we'll see if Raiola is able to force the hands of Watzke and Thomas Tuchel. There's a lot of summer left, after all.