Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that their Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is all set to join Italian Serie A side AS Roma on loan.
The Gunners have signed Chelsea legend Petr Cech earlier this summer. The arrival of the talismanic custodian has automatically demoted Szczesny to third choice goalkeeper in the squad behind David Ospina.
In a pre-match press conference, the French manager confirmed the news: “He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done, it’s down to paperwork. As long as that’s not over the line, anything can happen.
“Szczesny is a top-class goalkeeper and we have three top goalkeepers. If one of the goalkeepers can play somewhere then it’s good. I believe he will have a future at Arsenal because I personally rate him highly. I put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he already has huge experience.
“I don’t want that experience he got when he was very young to be wasted and that is why I gave him the opportunity.
“I believe Roma is a big club and they play in the Champions League, play in a very different championship as well and that is a big experience for him and he is 25 years old. But the experience he already has at his age is fantastic.”
David Ospina who joined the Gunners last summer cemented his place as the first choice custodian since January. A sudden dip in Szczesny’s form since the second half of the season allowed Ospina to become the number one. Now Cech’s arrival has permanently shut the door in front of the Polish international and thus a loan move would perfectly suit him.
Arsenal’s official website also confirmed Szczesny move to Roma is subjected to medical and also regulatory processes.