Arsenal have confirmed Wojciech Szczesny will spend the upcoming season on loan with Italian outfit AS Roma after a successful stint last season (via Arsenal.com).
Szczesny enjoyed plenty of first team football last campaign in Serie A after the arrival of Petr Cech in north London, and had been rumoured to be heading back to Italy in order to secure regular first team football.
The Gunners official website announced the deal today and wished him well, while the Poland international revealed his excitement ahead of the new season that will see him face stiff competition from Brazil international Alisson.
“I’m very happy. After a good season last year I had possibility of coming back and I was very happy that the coach wanted me.
“I’m delighted to be back and I hope that we can improve on what we did last season.” Szczesny told the club’s TV channel.
The deal certainly makes sense for all parties. Szczesny made 34 league appearances last season and did enough to secure top spot for Poland in their Euro 2016 lineup. Injuries consequently condemned him to miss the remainder of the tournament but it promises to be a crucial season for the 27-year-old who will hope to find a permanent role either at Roma or Arsenal next season.
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The main question mark that remains is over whether there is a permanent option in this seasons loan deal. There have been reports recently that is the case, which would represent a big loss of investment from Arsenal’s point of view. Not financially but in the amount of time and faith they placed in the youngster who joined the academy at just 16 years of age.
But Szczesny has divided opinion and for good reason. These next 10 months are huge, so best of luck to him.