Italian goalie Marco Amelia linked with replacing Wojciech Szczesny at Arsenal, refuses to discuss negotiations

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The World Cup winner could become Arsenal's third-choice keeper.

Arsenal are reportedly set to let Wojciech Szczesny head to AS Roma on a season-long loan deal, according to Arsene Wenger himself.

He told the Arsenal official website yesterday that the deal was near completion for the Pole to spend next term with the Gialorossi after he became the club’s third choice keeper behind new signing Petr Cech and Colombian international David Ospina.

Now it is reported that Arsenal have earmarked the man they would like to replace him in the form of Italian Marco Amelia.

Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting the news, with the keeper himself discussing a potential move on the Gianluca Di Marzio official website.

He states:

"Future Arsenal? In negotiations I sign the confidentiality agreement, I can not say anything."

Amelia, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, is a free agent after leaving Perugia this summer.

At 33-years-old the former AC Milan and Livorno stopper’s best days are certainly behind him but as a third-choice stopper he could do the job for Arsenal if they were indeed keen.

His signing would also clear room for young stopper Damian Martinez to head out on loan. The Argentine, who has had previous spells at Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday, needs regular playing time to continue his impressive development.

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