Arsene Wenger convinced Wojciech Szczesny can be Arsenal No1 again
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Arsenal are convinced that Wojciech Szczesny still has a future at the club, Football Insider sources understand.
The Polish goalkeeper has revealed that it is “dream” to regain the No1 spot at Emirates Stadium despite being loaned out to Roma for the season.
Szczesny lost his regular Arsenal place to David Ospina at the turn of the year before Arsene Wenger sanctioned an £11million move for Petr Cech in the summer.
Cech’s signing has paid dividends but Wenger has left the door open for Szczesny to return to Arsenal and is still hopeful that the 25-year-old can develop into a consistently top-class goalkeeper.
Sources have told Football Insider that Wenger has no plans to sell the Pole next summer even though Petr Cech is only in the first year of a three-year contract.
The Arsenal manager believed Szczesny needed a change of environment in the summer to get back the hunger that had been diluted by five years as the Arsenal No1.
Privately, the London club felt that the Pole had lost his way a little, with his commitment dulled by being in the spotlight since establishing himself in the team as a 20-year-old.
Despite a positive start in Serie A for third-placed Roma, the goalkeeper has his heart set on regaining the No1 spot at Emirates Stadium.
“If a year ago someone told me that I would go to Rome, I wouldn’t have believed that,” Szczesny told Sky Sport Italia.
“I do not hide that is still my dream to play for Arsenal. In Rome the fans are fantastic and nine months in football is a long time, who knows what will happen. My hope is that we win the Scudetto, and that Arsenal win the Premier League.”
Football Insider understands that Roma, who are paying all of Szczesny’s £70,000-a-week wages during his season-long loan, also have an option to buy him at the end of the 2015-16 season.