Wojciech Szczesny has been out on loan with Roma this season, but his recent comments suggest he could be looking to make the move permanent.
Speaking to Roma Radio (via the Express), Szczesny spoke of the confidence and trust everyone at the Serie A side have in him, revealing how happy he is at the club.
His comments about playing regularly and football always coming first suggest he wouldn’t be happy returning to Arsenal merely to sit on the bench behind Petr Cech, and if he does head back to the Emirates this summer that is unquestionably what he’d be doing.
“Will I stay at Roma? For me, football always comes first,” he said.
“I have the confidence of everyone here.
“When you have the trust of your team-mates, the coach and the fans, as well as playing every Sunday, then that can only be for the best.
“Obviously it’s not just thanks to me, but everyone who has helped me.”
It would be a shame to see the 25-year-old leave the club permanently after being here for so many years, but given the amount of first-team football he’s experienced over the last few years he’s hardly going to be content with a spot on the bench.
Cech is certainly first choice, but the position of deputy is seemingly still up for grabs. David Ospina has enjoyed a mixed season after being returned to the bench, making a real hash of things in the Champions League late last year but redeeming himself slightly following Cech’s injury.
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There’s no certainty that he’ll be at the club next season though, and we obviously can’t let both he and Szczesny leave at the same time without bringing in a replacement.
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Arsenal fans were growing really tired of Szczesny’s antics before his loan with Roma, but if he can claim the second choice spot and begin to learn from the experienced Petr Cech then he could still prove himself a solid keeper.