Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny officially off to Roma on season-long loan


Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szezesny’s descent at Arsenal has reached a breaking point, as the club confirms he has been sent out on loan to AS Roma for the upcoming season.

Szczesny lost his first-team place last season to David Ospina for a mix of poor on-the-field performances and negative off-the-field incidents. This summer, the Gunners went and purchased Chelsea veteran Petr Cech, making Szczesny’s place at the Emirates even more untenable.

Now, he will move to Italy to battle Roma starter Morgan De Sanctis, who made 35 Serie A starts last season and will be 38 years old this coming season.

Despite the hardships for Szczesny, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he still sees the Polish goalkeeper having a chance to regain his spot at the Emirates in the future.

“I believe he will have a future at Arsenal,” said boss Arsene Wenger. “I personally rate him highly. I put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he already has huge experience. I believe Roma is a big club and they play in the Champions League, play in a very different championship as well and that is a big experience for him and he is 25 years old. But the experience he already has at his age is fantastic.”

Szczesny is excited to be joining Roma to have a chance for more first-team play. “I’ve come here to win games and trophies with Roma and I believe that the team is strong enough to do so,” Szczesny said. “I think there’s great potential. I know the faces of the players and I know their names, so hopefully I will settle in very quickly.”

Still just 25 years old, Szczesny had been the first-team goalkeeper for three straight seasons at Arsenal before losing his place last year. He has collected 166 Premier League starts so far at Arsenal.