Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is expected to extend his loan stay at Roma by another year, reports in Italy say.
According to Football Italia, Roma and Arsenal will both shoulder the responsibility for paying the player’s salary, which comes out at €3million-a-year after tax.
Roma were impressed with the Pole’s performances last term and have now struck a deal for the Arsenal stopper to stay in Italy until the end of next season.
Under coach Luciano Spaletti, Szczesny has been an amazing force behind the team and has been immense in the late rise of Roma in 2015/16 campaign.
He played in 34 Serie A matches, featuring under both Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti during Roma’s third place finish last season.
Talks were ongoing from the past month but were hindered by certain forces which are resolved now and the player looks set to move to Roma on a single year loan deal.
Szczesny, 26, had previously been Arsene Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, but the arrivals of David Ospina and Petr Cech combined with Szczesny’s consistently indifferent form and poor off-field behavior resulted in the Polish international dropping drown to third choice in the pecking order, leaving the club on loan during the 2015-16 season on loan to Roma.
He joined Arsenal’s youth set-up in 2006, and has since made 132 Premier League appearances for the North London club since making his league debut during the 2010-11 season.
With Petr Cech 34 and David Ospina’s inconsistent performances, Szczesny still may have a future at Arsenal. He still is an amazing talent and can easily be Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper once again.
If he controls his ill-behavior and remain consistent throughout 2016/17 for Roma, we may see him again in an Arsenal shirt as he still remains one of Arsene Wenger’s best youth products.