Wojciech Szczesny is currently on loan with Serie A side Roma, and the Italians apparently want to make the move permanent. The Pole looks determined to return to Arsenal though, and Roma know it will be difficult to get a deal done, as reported by talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old has clearly been impressing in Rome, and despite a lengthy spell on the sidelines they would seemingly love to keep him long term. They obviously know it won’t happen though, as they’ve already sorted a replacement.
“We are working on it and would like to keep Szczesny, but knowing Arsenal it will be difficult to achieve that,” said Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.
“In any case, Roma are already covered in that role for next season. Who did we get? I will never tell you that!”
Petr Cech is unquestionably our first choice shot-stopper, but Arsene Wenger arguably let the wrong player go when he sent Szczesny out on loan. David Ospina has proven that he’s not up to the standard required to deputise for Cech, something Szczesny looks far more capable of doing.
He may not have any hope of displacing Cech at the moment, but with youth on his side Szczesny could still be our future No.1. He clearly loves Arsenal, and being loyal and loving the club are fantastic qualities to have. Football is full of cut-throat mercenaries nowadays, so having true Arsenal fans at the Emirates is all the more important.
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“Nine months is a long time in football and anything can happen, but Arsenal are like a family to me and I’ve got to admit that if the Gunners do call me back, I would say yes,” Szczesny told Sky Italia (via Gazzetta).
“If a year ago, somebody had told me I’d be playing for Roma, I would have thought it impossible.
“I could see myself at Arsenal for all my life, and I don’t hide the fact that is still my dream. I owe a lot to the people there and if they were to give me an opportunity, I would play for them.”
Szczesny will obviously benefit from regular first team football this season, but he could also learn a lot from Cech.
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Hopefully the junior shot-stopper returns next season ready to fight for his spot, and is willing to improve watching his veteran teammate and wait for his chance in the first XI.