It is expected that Wojciech Szczesny will return to Arsenal next season, as efforts for him to remain on loan at AS Roma look to have run aground, according to The Guardian.
Szczensy has enjoyed his time in Serie A, where he has been the first choice keeper all season, something that Arsenal could not offer given the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea last summer. Bearing this in mind, the fact that Roma can’t table an offer deemed acceptable by the Gunners will come as a disappointment to all parties involved.
Previous to the acquisition of Cech, Szczesny’s goalkeeping was thought to be a weak link in the Arsenal squad, and the Emirates faithful were confidant that the arrival of Cech would bring more assurance in that department.
One season later, and Arsenal supporters have been subjected to another title tilt that never really took off. Perhaps their readiness to blame goalkeeping deficiencies will be reconsidered – a change of tact that could see them welcome the Polish shot stopper back – while also calling for money to be spent in bolstering the team’s offensive capabilities.
Szczesny is currently at Euro 2016, focused on Poland’s bid to make the last 16 of the competition, and was understandably reluctant to comment on the transfer speculation.
Speaking ahead of Poland’s crunch group game with the Ukraine on Tuesday, the 26-year-old told the media: “Arsenal and Roma are talking but I don’t want to worry about it now. Whether I’m an Arsenal player or a Roma player right now, it makes no difference to me. I want to focus on this tournament.”
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena