Pictured: 27-year-old arrives at Serie A club ahead of Arsenal move
By Abigail Withey
Arsenal’s long-term goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has arrived in Italy ahead of completing a deal with Serie A outfit Juventus.
The 27-year-old stopper slipped down in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order after Petr Cech moved to the Emirates in 2015.
The Poland international looked to be deemed surplus to Wenger’s requirements which was speculated further when the keeper spent two seasons away on loan at fellow Italian club Roma.
Juventus revealed that the Arsenal keeper had arrived in Torino ahead of a move to the Serie A giants on their official Twitter account on Tuesday.
The Italian outfit tweeted a picture of the Gunners star at Turin airport with a plane and thumbs up emoji.
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The 29-capped Poland international moved to the north London club from Legia Warsaw over a decade ago in 2006, and the keeper has since made 181 appearances across all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side where he maintained 72 clean sheets.
The former Arsenal mainstay hasn’t featured within the Arsenal squad since early 2015 after the club’s new year’s day 0-2 defeat against Southampton when the keeper was caught smoking in the showers of the dressing room.
Szczesny now looks close to securing a move to the Serie A giants and will potentially be used as a back-up or alternative option to current stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club agrees terms for midfielder’s move.