Wojciech Szczesny set to return to Arsenal, despite AC Roma bid

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Polish international goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, 26, is set for a return to Arsenal after talks with AS Roma over another season – long loan deal stalled.

The Pole is keen to return to the Eternal City with the guarantee of first-team football, missing just two Serie A fixtures as Il Giallorossi finished third behind Napoli and champions, Juventus. It was this form which rekindled his international career and return to being Poland’s first-choice goalkeeper.

When he broke into the first XI at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger said: “We have identified Wojciech as a future great, great goalkeeper.”

After a loan spell at Brentford where he earned the accolade of ‘Brentford Goalkeeper of the Decade’ in a supporter’s vote, Szczesny made his Premier League debut for Arsenal at Old Trafford in December 2010 and won praise for his assured display.

He seemed to be realising his potential when in 2013/14 he shared the Golden Gloves trophy with then-Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, and became a fan’s favourite with his trolling of Tottenham supporters at every opportunity.

The following season, things went awry, culminating in a poor performance in a 0–2 defeat at Southampton. Caught smoking in the showers after the match, he was dropped from the first team as David Ospina took over.

Despite winning the FA Cup in 2015, Szczesny made it clear that the signing of Petr Cech meant he had no immediate future at Arsenal. Enjoying his time in Rome last season, he spoke about making the move permanent although Arsene Wenger has never hidden his belief that the Pole is a capable goalkeeper.

If talks between the two clubs stall, it seems likely that David Ospina, 27, will leave with the Colombian attracting interest from Fenerbahce.

 

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