Last season, when Arsenal signed Petr Cech, fans rejoiced at the prospect of finally having a reliable figure between the posts.
Their excitement was validated for most of the season, as Cech won the team points on his own, with his incredible shot stopping abilities.
However, good news for some often means bad news for another. And Cech’s wonderful start to life in north London has pushed a certain goalkeeper out of the team, and maybe out of the club for good.
Wojciech Szczesny, who made his Premier League debut at Old Trafford aged just 20, spent last season on loan at Roma after Cech’s signing meant he would no longer be the club’s number 1. In fact, with David Ospina also impressing, number 2 was not a given for Szczesny either.
But, at Roma, the Poland stopper was immediately handed a first team spot, often helping the Serie A giants hugely in their challenge to win the Italian top flight title, which they eventually conceded to Juventus.
Clearly he has impressed during his time in Italy because reports of late suggest he could be set to stay on at Roma, even permanently.
Italian outlet GazzaMercato claim that Arsenal and Roma are currently in talks over the player, and some sources are suggesting there was a clause in his original loan contract which allowed for a permanent deal to be arranged.
If they exercise this clause, Roma could pay Arsenal up to £15 million for Szczesny’s services, a huge profit from Arsene Wenger’s perspective.
Coming from Legia Warsaw at the age of 16, Szczesny was an Arsenal youth player before making 181 appearances for the Gunners.
Despite some truly impressive moments, Szczesny was always graded as ‘inconsistent’, hence the jubilation after the announcement of Cech’s signing last season.
However, he was a big character at Arsenal, and fans may remember him fondly thanks to selfies at White Hart Lane, and his tweet laughing at Tottenham’s surrender of second place last season.
— Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) May 15, 2016
Because of this, some fans may prefer to see Szczesny given another chance at the Emirates. It is Wenger, however, who makes the final call on the Polish goalkeeper’s future.