It’s unclear whether Wojciech Szczesny has a future at the club, but he certainly seems keen to ensure that he does. The Polish shot-stopper claims Arsenal is his “whole life”, and insists it is still a dream of his to forge a lengthy career at the club, as reported by the Daily Mail.
At the start of the campaign we had three top quality keepers on our books, and that simply wasn’t going to work. Petr Cech arrived at the club and was obviously going to be first choice, but there were question marks over who would be his understudy.
Szczesny was eventually sent on loan to Serie A side Roma, with David Ospina remaining at the Emirates to take his place on the bench.
The on-loan shot-stopper believes he’s still more than capable of returning to Arsenal to take the No.1 spot from Cech, and was full of praise for his parent club.
“If a year ago someone had told me that I would go to Rome I would have thought it was impossible,” he said.
“I saw Arsenal as my whole life and I do not hide that is still my dream.
“For me it is a family, I owe so much to those people that if I were to be given a chance I would play for them. I do not know what will happen, nine months is a long time in football, things can change from week to week.”
When Szczesny was sent out on loan this past summer, many believed it was Arsene Wenger’s way of telling us that he was surplus to requirements. But it could in fact be the opposite, with the Frenchman simply looking to ensure Szczesny continued his development with first team football – something he clearly wasn’t going to get at Arsenal.
Ospina was decent last season, but he has shown on a number of occasions that he doesn’t have what it takes to be our No.1. Szczesny may be prone to the odd moment of madness, but he has more natural quality than the Colombian and certainly has more potential.
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Neither player is likely to be happy with a place on the bench, but hopefully Szczesny is content with being patient and biding his time until Cech is ready to step down. The younger man is still an infant in goalkeeping terms, and could learn a lot from his Czech teammate on his return to the club.