Sebastien Frey claims Wojciech Szczesny is in great difficulty at Juventus after a tough start to the season for the rumoured Arsenal summer transfer target, via TuttoMercatoWEB.
Juventus have begun Massimiliano Allegri’s latest tenure with just one point taken in three Serie A games. Szczesny has opened each of the Bianconeri’s initial league fixtures, but has conceded five goals against Udinese, Empoli and Napoli.
The 2021/22 term so far marks Szczesny’s worst start to a campaign since joining Juventus from Arsenal for £10m in 2017. Although he also conceded five goals in three games at the start of 2018/19, yet Juve claimed all nine points.
Szczesny especially struggled against Empoli and Napoli with the goalie making glaring and costly blunders. The Poland ace only parried Lorenzo Insigne’s hit to Matteo Politano, and failed to come off his line to claim the ball before Kalidou Koulibaly scored the winner.
Frey believes Szczesny is now on his final lifeline, or Juventus will find an alternative to the former Arsenal shot-stopper. But the iconic Fiorentina goalkeeper adds the Old Lady have given Szczesny their backing, which should help him rediscover form. Claiming:
“He is in great difficulty. But Juve have exposed themselves by saying that he is the starting goalkeeper and I think this will do him good, because having the trust of the club is important. But he has played all his wildcards, otherwise they will find other solutions.”
Arsenal will have likely noted Szczesny’s poor start to the term having considered re-signing the goalkeeper from Juventus this summer. That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport and Calciomercato.it, who noted the Bianconeri wanted €25m (£21m) as they strived to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma before the Italy number one left AC Milan for Paris Saint-German.
Arsenal dodged £21.5m bullet in not re-signing Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny
Arsenal, seemingly, then, dodged a £21.5m bullet by not re-signing Szczesny four years on from selling him to Juventus. The Gunners were in the market for a new shot-stopper in the off-season, with Mikel Arteta eventually purchasing Aaron Ramsdale.
The Emirates Stadium side will hope the former Sheffield United ‘keeper does not produce repeated blunders following his debut. Ramsdale dealt with pressure from Teemu Pukki well on Saturday to help beat Norwich, and showed promise on the ball.
In Turin, meanwhile, Allegri has backed Szczesny, but will surely want to see improvements against Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Bianconeri boss said ahead of the clash, via TuttoMercatoWEB:
“I can’t imagine that Szczesny, who is very reliable, makes three/four mistakes in three games. If they had told me [that before the season], I would have freaked him out. Tomorrow, he will play again because, obviously, he is a goalkeeper of absolute value.”