The shot-stopper dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, and is consequently being farmed out on loan for a season to secure regular first team football. The Mirror’s report claims Roma have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season however, with a £5m transfer fee included in the loan agreement.
The report claims Roma have paid £250,000 for the season long loan, but we could lose the 25-year-old for good come the end of the campaign.
This seems strange considering the recent comments from Arsene Wenger, who insisted that Szczesny had a future at the club – despite the loan (via Sky Sports).
The international goalkeeper is a longtime Arsenal fan, and may understandably be keen to remain at the Emirates. If he believes he will be unable to navigate his way past Petr Cech and David Ospina for a chance to be No.1 again however, then he may accept the permanent switch to Serie A.
It would be a shame to see Szczesny leave, and hopefully he improves enough during his time in Italy to come back and challenge Cech for a starting spot.