Wojciech Szczesny was afforded a debut appearance for Roma on Saturday following his loan move from Arsenal and produced something of a nervy display as his new employers were beaten 2-0 by Sporting CP.
Szczesny was moved out to the Italian club following Arsenal’s acquisition of Petr Cech from Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger keen for the Poland international to gain further experience elsewhere rather than occupy the bench at the Emirates Stadium.
Many Arsenal fans would have hardly shed a tear were Szczesny to have departed on a permanent basis, such has he been a figure of frustration for some time given inconsistent and error prone performances.
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Clearly a shot-stopper of great potential, Szczesny so often lets himself down when it comes to his decision making and that was immediately apparent as he made his bow for Roma in their friendly encounter with Sporting.
Appearing very uncomfortable at times with the ball at his feet, Szczesny often put his defenders under pressure with poor passes out from the back - something that may perhaps be attributed to a lack of understanding.
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The 25-year-old was also at fault for the second goal, which came as a direct result from his misplaced parry. Szczesny had got down well initially to get make contact with a cross, but failed to sufficiently clear his lines from what was a pretty weak delivery.
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This allowed Carlos Mane to score as Szczesny scrambled to atone for his error. It not quite in the hapless clanger category, but was the type of moment he would have been castigated for were it to have happened while playing for Arsenal.
Szczesny did make a couple of nice stops - particularly from Fredy Montero - but it remained an occasion to forget, particularly due to the manner of performance from the team as a whole.
“It’s good to have my first game under the belt," he said after the game.
"It was a good experience and I have had a really good week of training with the boys; there is a fantastic group of players here.
"But, obviously, we must set the standard higher for ourselves because when you play for a big club there are no friendly games and you have to win.
"So, the result is really bad."
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