Medical due tomorrow as Arsenal finalise £13.4m move

Wojiech Szcsesny

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly due in Italy today for a medical ahead of completing his switch to Roma, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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 report in the Mirror, claims that the Poland international is due in Rome on Wednesday ahead of a medical with a loan plus £13.4m permanent option agreed with Arsenal.

The keeper will initially join on a season long-long before a purchase obligation of £13.4 million is activated next summer. It further states that there was a late interest from Everton, Roma now hope to re-complete the signing of the Polish stopper.

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.

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, Cech 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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