Arsenal have made contact with AS Roma to notify them that they want to bring goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny back to the Emirates according to reports in the Mirror, with the Italian outfit searching for a new shot stopper this January.
Szczesny had been a regular starter for Arsenal until the midway point of the 2014/15 season when he was caught smoking in the showers after a loss to Southampton. This incident caused Arsene Wenger to drop him from the first team and resulted in David Ospina taking hold of the starting berth in the team. After Petr Cech’s arrival in the summer, the Poland international was sent out on loan to Roma so that he could get some game time, but now it looks like bringing Szczesny back is on the cards.
However according to the Mirror, Roma are now set to sign Brazilian keeper Alisson which makes it quite likely that Szczesny will make a come back to the Emirates where he would be competing for a spot on the bench with David Ospina.
The Pole is an Arsenal man through and through, going so far as to say the same at a Roma press conference.
“I’m an Arsenal player, I have a contract with Arsenal. “If they want me back, I’ll return,” he said back in November, ahead of Roma’s clash with Bayer Leverkusen (via talksport).
Szczesny has been at Arsenal for a long time and is very popular with the squad at large, a point which was illustrated by Per Mertesacker last year when he suggested Arsenal’s squad will want him back and that the Pole has still got time to develop (via the Metro).
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Fans will be glad to have him back in the squad although Petr Cech is the undisputed starter at the Emirates for the foreseeable future. This would be a learning phase in the Pole’s career, and his talent has never been in doubt. If he were to stay at Arsenal after Cech has retired or left, he could very well be an Arsenal legend in the making.