Wojicech Szczesny to decide whether to leave Arsenal 'next summer'
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Wojciech Szczesny will wait until after next summer’s European Championship before deciding whether to quit Arsenal.
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.
The Serie A title challengers have an option as part of the deal to buy Szczesny permanently next summer.
Szczesny has had a mixed start to life in Rome, delivering some fine displays as well a making some costly errors, but he is enjoying being a first-team regular under Rudi Garcia and is convinced he is in the right place for now.
“Garcia believes in me and so too do my team-mates and the fans,” explained Szczesny. “Coming to Rome was the best choice. It’s best being a starter for the runners-up in Italy than sitting on the bench in England. Even Arsene Wenger thought it was the best thing for me.”
Szczesny lost his regular Arsenal place to David Ospina at the turn of the year before 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 Cech is only in the first year of a three-year contract.
Speaking in July, Wenger said: “I believe he will have a future at Arsenal. I personally rate him highly – you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20 (if you don’t).”
Poland have two international friendlies in the coming days as they face Iceland and the Czech Republic after qualifying for Euro 2016.
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However, Szczesny has fallen behind former Arsenal team-mate and current Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order for Adam Nawalka’s side.