Wojciech Szczesny looks set to return from his loan spell with Serie A side Roma early, with the Arsenal shot-stopper no longer wanted by the Italian giants, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
We do not have to look back long to remember former Arsenal No.1 Wojciech Szczesny being dropped by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following a disastrous performance against Southampton on New Year’s Day, while also being fined £20,000 for smoking in the showers after the 0-2 defeat at St Mary’s (via talkSPORT).
Colombian international David Ospina took over as the Gunners first choice shot-stopper, and was doing a fine job before getting slapped in the face by the news Arsenal had signed Chelsea veteran Petr Cech to be their new No.1. There was no question who would be starting for Arsenal this season, and the former Nice goalkeeper was once more returned to his role of understudy at the Emirates.
The arrival of Cech also demoted Szczesny down to third in Wenger’s pecking order, a role the Polish international was unlikely to be happy with.
The 25-year-old was consequently sent on loan to become the No.1 keeper at Italian Serie A side Roma, where things were going well before he suffered the misfortune of facing Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates – who fired six goals past him in Roma’s 6-1 Champions League defeat at the Olympic Stadium back in November.
Having apparently not learned his lesson at Arsenal, Szczesny was once more caught smoking in the showers (via the Mirror), leading club trainer Rudi Garcia to start looking for a replacement to bring in once the transfer window opens in January.
The Mirror’s report suggests that Roma have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain for Italian shot-stopper Salvatore Sirigu, and should all go as planned will be looking to ship Szczesny back to Arsenal next month.
If this was to happen it would almost certainly spell the end of David Ospina’s time at the Emirates, with the Colombian No.1 wanting to play first team football rather than being a bench-warmer.
As for Szczesny, he had his chance to move on, but fluffed it up royally getting caught smoking once more. He will now have to sit quietly by while secretly hoping Cech gets injured and he has another chance to prove just how good he really is.