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Roma are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Arsenal that will allow the Serie A side to take the Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny back on loan for another season, according to a report from GianlucaDiMarzio.com.
Szczesny spent the last campaign at the Stadio Olimpico making 42 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old's chances of getting game time at the Emirates Stadium would be limited given Petr Cech is the first choice keeper for the Gunners for the foreseeable future.
Arsenal's Petr Cech
Their report suggests that there are two ways a loan deal can be done. Arsenal could allow the player to join Roma without a fee with the Serie A club playing the entirety of his wages, or could receive a small fee leading to the Gunners contributing to at least some of the player's pay.
Roma are evidently keen to keep hold of Szczesny while there appears to be no room for him at Arsenal, certainly for the time being. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal they reach, but given that he looks set for a second season on loan, it would not be a surprise to see Arsenal try to offload him on a permanent basis pretty soon.
Poland's Wojciech Szczesny in action with Northern Ireland's Conor Washington
Szczesny seemed to fall out of favour under Arsene Wenger midway through the 2014/15 season after being the club's first choice goalkeeper for a few seasons.
It's clear that he wants to play regular football but it's not at Arsenal. It also seems Roma were happy with his displays last season, and this a move that can work for all parties for the time being.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the stands