Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hinted via The Standard that he will not be returning to parent club Arsenal for the 2016-17 season.
The Polish shot-stopper has impressed on a season-long loan with the Italian giants after the Gunners' purchase of Petr Cech resigned him to Arsene Wenger's third-choice keeper, behind the Czech and Colombian David Ospina.
With things going well in the Italian capital, the 25-year-old, who has started 26 Serie A games and eight Champions League outings, has suggested that it may be in his best interests to stay with the Giallorossi beyond the end his loan spell.
“Will I stay at Roma? For me, football always comes first,” he said on Roma Radio, via The Standard. “I have the confidence of everyone here.
“When you have the trust of your teammates, the Coach and the fans, as well as playing every Sunday, then that can only be for the best.
“Obviously it’s not just thanks to me, but everyone who has helped me.”
Szczesny is right. At the moment, he would not get a look-in at Arsenal; especially with the way in which Ospina has so impressively deputised for the injured Cech in recent weeks.
He is arguably better off at Roma, where he is at least playing regularly and at the highest level. He has not played for Arsenal since starting their 4-0 FA Cup demolition of Aston Villa at Wembley 11 months ago.