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Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny agrees terms with AS Roma

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Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny has agreed a deal in principle with Serie A outfit AS Roma as he closes in on a summer transfer, according to Il Tempo.

The goalkeeper was expected to remain at the Emirates Stadium despite the arrival of Petr Cech with numerous reports claiming he wanted to learn from the Chelsea legend.

As a result, David Ospina, who was Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper for the second half of last season, had been tipped to leave just one season after arriving from Ligue 1 club Nice.

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However, it now looks as though Szczesny will be the one to leave north London with Ospina ready to take up a place on Arsenal's bench as the club's No.2.

Reports in Italy have claimed that a deal is very close to completion with personal terms between Roma and the 25-year-old already agreed in principle.

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Roma will now have to agree a fee with Arsenal but face a fight to convince Arsene Wenger to sell a man he has spent the best part of a decade developing.

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The polish shot-stopper caused quite a stir earlier this week after he appeared to follow more than half a dozen AS Roma-associated accounts on Instagram, including the club's official channel.

It was a clear sign that talks with the Serie A outfit are ongoing and hinted that a deal may be even closer that Il Tempo claim.

Losing faith

Should Szczesny leave Arsenal then it is confirmation that Wenger has lost faith in the man who was once thought to be the long-term successor to David Seaman they have been waiting for.

Wenger gave Szczesny every chance to reach his enormous potential, handing him a chance to establish himself as the club's No.1 and even rejected the chance to sign Hugo Lloris from Lyon in 2012.

While Lloris has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world at Tottenham, Szczesny, who earns £80,000-a-week at Arsenal, is prevelent on the front pages rather than the back.

His affinity to smoking is well documented while there was also a report claiming to show him enjoying laughing gas earlier this month.

All of these misdemeanours hint that his head is not in a professional place and may have convinced Wenger to cash in now.

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