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Deal close: Arsenal set to finalise move in the next 48 hours

Wojiech Szcsesny

Roma are reportedly closing in on another loan deal for Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczęsny, according to reports in Football Italia

Following Petr Cech’s arrival at the Emirates last summer, the North London club loaned out the Polish international to Roma, and enjoyed a pretty decent campaign in between the sticks for the Italian side.

The 26-year-old was the first choice goalkeeper at Roma throughout the season, with 42 appearances under his belt and both parties including the player himself have been keen to extend his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

The report in Corriere Dello Sport states that Roma are close to a deal with Arsenal for a renewal of Wojciech Szczesny’s loan. The Italian are working on an agreement with the North London club to leave Szczesny in Italy.

It further states that things should be sorted out pretty quick, as the two clubs should come to an arrangement today. Apparently, a final deal should be agreed on within the next 48 hours.

The formalities of the move are still under discussion as the keeper might return to Roma on a free loan with all of his salary paid by the Italian club, or else the Gunners will have to contribute to his wages, but the loan will come with a price.

It is such a hard sight for the fans to see a young prospect leave on loan because of his attitude coupled with some foolish mistakes. He shared the Golden Glove with Petr Cech in the 2013/14 season, which shows there was never an issue with his talent but it’s his off-field activities that have often let him down.

It has been the opinion of several fans and football commentators that the Polish stopper is in no way a better understudy to Petr Cech than David Ospina. However is turning 34 this year, while David Ospina, who is first choice keeper for Colombia is not so happy playing second fiddle, so he might seek a move away this summer.

Szczesny’s performances for Arsenal in previous seasons have been below par in certain games, while he has performed brilliantly in certain others. There is no doubt that he has talent, and that he is yet to reach his full potential.

Whether Arsenal can afford to wait for him to bloom at this stage, especially for a position that is so fundamental to any team challenging for the title, is a decision that lies solely with Arsene Wenger.

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