Arsenal's 26-year-old star delivers update on his future, wants move away

Wojciech Szczesny admits he hopes a deal can be struck which would see him remain at Roma permanently.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has told Il Messaggero, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that he is hopeful a deal can be struck between the club and Roma which would see him remain in the Italian capital on a permanent basis.

Despite a mid-season injury absence and briefly being dropped in December after being caught smoking, the Polish stopper has impressed for the Giallorossi this season since joining on loan last summer.

Szczesny has made 39 appearances in all competitions, keeping eight clean sheets, and has generally been a safe pair of hands as the Serie A club close in on qualification for the Champions League.

Although he was the Gunners' first-choice stopper in the successful FA Cup campaign in the second half of last season, the 26-year-old has not played for the club in the Premier League since New Year's Day 2015 after losing his place to David Ospina.

With summer signing Petr Cech likely to continue for the foreseeable future as Arsene Wenger's undisputed number one, Szczesny would be unlikely to get a real look in if he was to return to the Emirates Stadium.

The Polish international admits he is keen to stay at Roma and revealed to Il Messaggero that the two clubs have already opened discussions over his future.

Szczesny said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "I want to stay. It's not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we'll see what happens.

"I'm happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club."

Szczesny has made 181 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since making his senior debut for the side in September 2009.

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