Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to complete a season-long loan move to Roma after agreeing terms with the Italian club, according to the Telegraph.
The 25-year-old has been given the go-ahead by the Gunners to complete the move, although Szczesny has turned down the option of making a permanent move to Serie A in the hope of returning to north London and establishing himself as number one again.
The move was prompted by the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, with the 33-year-old expected to take up the gloves in goal as Arsenal go in search of their first Premier League title in ten years.
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It remains unclear what this means for David Ospina, who replaced Szczesny as Arsenal's number one by the end of last season. The Colombian arrived after the World Cup last summer and he was tipped as the one to make way following the arrival of Cech.
It remains to be seen whether he will be content to play second fiddle to Cech next term, or whether he will still seek a move.
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If that does happen and he chooses to move, then it could see talented youngster Damian Martinez promoted to the first team.
Ospina has previously hinted he would be happy to move on if he wasn't first choice 'keeper at Arsenal, with Everton in the running for his signature.
“Everton are a competitive team, and showed good things in the league last season,” he said. “It’s a club to consider and a great possibility. Next season we’ll have an excellent keeper in Cech, who is recognised and admired, and I’d be honoured to share with him, he’s a player with great experience."
This seems like a good move for all parties. Szczesny needs regular football with Euro 2016 on the horizon and Arsenal need to be at their very best right now, not in a few years time, and the Polish international doesn't fit that bill. Cech does and that's why he is number one.
It's easy to forget that Szczesny is only 25 and still has plenty of time to learn and cut out the mistakes that have blighted his career to date. He'll be out of the frying pan and into the fire with Roma, and if he comes through unscathed there he should be better equipped to deal with life at Arsenal.
Do you think that Szczesny will ever be Arsenal's number one?
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