Szczesny keen for another chance at Arsenal

The Poland international has spent the last two seasons on loan at Serie A side Roma, but he would welcome an opportunity at his parent club

Wojciech Szczesny is open to making a permanent move to Roma, but would also jump at the chance of another opportunity to prove his worth at Arsenal.

The Poland international goalkeeper has spent the last two seasons in Italy after slipping down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.

Petr Cech’s arrival in north London forced Szczesny to look elsewhere, having previously made over 150 appearances for the Gunners.

He still has a year left to run on his current contract and acknowledges that he could end up back in the Premier League for 2017-18, having impressed with his showings in Serie A.

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Szczesny told BT Sport: “Staying at Roma? I’m happy here. I feel I’ve grown as a goalkeeper but for me the time to make a decision will come in the summer.

“For now I’m an Arsenal player, as soon as my loan finishes, I have to come back [to London]. I’ve always said I’d love to be back there.

“Like I said, what will happen definitely won’t be decided now but in a month or two months’ time.”

While leaving the door open for a return to the fold at Arsenal, Szczesny believes both his confidence and form have improved with regular football at Roma.


“I came here after a terrible season,” he added.

“I was in a bad moment. It was a good chance for me to re-launch my career.

“Coming here and having a fresh start, new challenges, new league helped me to mature a little bit as a player.

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“My best season? I’d say so, yeah. In terms of consistency, it definitely is. In terms of quality, I feel at my best.

“Am I the best goalkeeper in Serie A at the moment? It’s a big statement to make. There are goalkeepers on an unbelievable level here.

“I wouldn’t dare compare myself to [Gianluigi] Buffon, not as a man and not as a keeper. I’d never make that statement, no.”

Szczesny has made 78 appearances across two seasons with Roma, helping them to back-to-back top three finishes and qualification for the Champions League.