Arsene Wenger: Wojciech Szczesny off to Roma on loan


The Arsenal boss has confessed that the Polish goalkeeper is on the verge of a temporary switch to the Italian capital.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confessed that back-up goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is on the verge of signing for Roma on a season-long loan deal, as per the club’s official website.

The Poland international started last season as first choice at the Emirates Stadium but after a number of costly mistakes was replaced by David Ospina in the Gunners’ goal.

With the summer signing of Petr Cech pushing Szczesny down the pecking order further, the 25-year-old is set to go out on loan to ensure he plays regular football in 2015-16.

Wenger has admitted that the Roma deal is close, but that the Pole was still in his future plans.

“He could go on loan to Roma,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“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.”

With little doubt that Cech is set to be the North London club’s first choice stopper next season, the move to Roma seems ideal for all parties.

It will give Szczesny an opportunity to play both in Serie A and the Champions League, while he would be second or even third choice at Arsenal if he opted to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

With David Ospina’s sparkling form in the Copa America and subsequent decision to stay and fight for a place in the team, the Poland international was facing a campaign of little-to-no action.

Roma trusted 38-year-old veteran Morgan De Sanctis last season and as such need a new first-choice custodian; as such the loan move could well the decision to get Szczesny’s career back on track.

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