Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has confirmed his imminent loan move to Italian club AS Roma via Instagram.
The Poland international, who was knocked down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium following the arrival of Petr Cech this summer, told his 438,000 Instagram followers - in Italian - that he will sign for Roma on Monday.
“Good evening Giallorossi! [AS Roma’s nickname]” Szczesny says in the video, which you can view by scrolling down this page. “I am very happy, because I am going to Roma tomorrow. I’ll see you soon.”
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Szczesny lost his place in Arsenal’s first team last season to Colombia international David Ospina, who was expected to be the goalkeeper who would leave the Emirates Stadium following the signing of Cech from Chelsea.
But Arsene Wenger clearly feels that it’s in the best interests of both Szczesny and Arsenal if the Pole gains first-team experience elsewhere this season.
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Szczesny must mature this season
Wenger has had a few issues with Szczesny over the past 12 months - most notably smoking - and will hope the 25-year-old returns to the Gunners next summer a more mature and focused player.
Szczesny, who has retained the No. 1 jersey at Arsenal despite Cech’s arrival, will compete with Roma’s 38-year-old goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis for a first-team place at the Stadio Olimpico.
Cech can help Arsenal win trophies
Cech, meanwhile, is expected to significantly boost Arsenal’s chances of winning their first Premier League title since 2004.
The Czech Republic international, who turned 33 in May, remains one of the world’s best goalkeepers and has already showcased his credentials while wearing the Gunners’ shirt in pre-season.
In his first Arsenal appearance, against Everton earlier this month, he helped the north London outfit secure the Barclays Asia Trophy. And this past weekend, on his second appearance for his new employers, he helped the Gunners win the the Emirates Cup.
His next match, against his former club Chelsea at Wembley Stadium this Sunday, could see him lift the Community Shield.
Cech will be the man under the spotlight this weekend and will be keen to get one over his former employers - even though the relationship between the goalkeeper and the Blues is still very good.
Cech is a great signing for Arsenal
Wenger has done the right thing by signing Cech from Chelsea - it was a no-brainer from the Frenchman’s perspective, even though the acquisition risks having a detrimental effect on Szczesny.
Szczesny has not developed at the pace Wenger expected he would several years ago - but the Pole now has an opportunity to prove himself again with a new club and new teammates before returning to the Gunners next summer.
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