'I am still an Arsenal fan' - Szczesny keeping options option but intends to be a number one

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The Poland international goalkeeper is taking in a second season on loan at Roma but is unaware what the future holds for him in the summer

Wojciech Szczesny is unable to speculate on what his future holds, but admits to still being “an Arsenal fan”.

The Poland international saw his starting opportunities with the Gunners dwindle following the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea in 2015, with David Opsina already edging him out.

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Reluctant to be a back-up option in north London, Szczesny embraced the chance to spread his wings and is currently taking in a second season on loan at Roma, where he has been a regular.

The Serie A title challengers have expressed a desire to sign him on a permanent basis and while the 26-year-old admits it would be difficult to sever ties with Arsenal, he fully intends to be first choice somewhere in 2017-18.

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Szczesny told Italian daily Leggo: “London is still my home and while I am a Roma player, I am still an Arsenal fan.

“I have another four months at Roma. I am thinking about playing well, rather than thinking about where I will be next season.

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“I will choose a club where I will be number one.”

Szczesny remains under contract at Arsenal until 2018, having emerged from their academy system to make 181 appearances in all competitions.

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