Wojciech Szczesny makes howler as Roma crash out of the Champions League

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Just ask any Arsenal fan you know and they'll tell you they rarely agree with Arsene Wenger on anything anymore. 

Wenger's well-documented reluctance to spend in the transfer market means he's under enormous pressure this season. If the Gunners don't win the title, it's inevitable that this summer will be pointed to as a huge failure, with Granit Xhaka still their only high-profile signing. 

It takes some doing to unite Arsenal, but they can all agree with their manager on one thing - they're glad he got rid of Wojciech Szczesny. 


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The goalkeeper had been on loan at Roma following Petr Cech's arrival last season, and the Serie A side have since extended the deal by another year. 

However, after the Poland international's performance in the Champions League qualifier with Porto, they might be questioning whether that was really such a good bit of business after all. 

Roma are now out of the competition after a calamitous night which saw them go down to nine men, and Szczesny's howler really was the icing on the cake.

Take a look:

Fortunately, his side were already 1-0 down by then, so their early exit wasn't entirely down to his dodgy keeping, though it certainly didn't help. 

Miguel Layon raced towards Szczesny's goal, but for some reason, the former Arsenal stopper felt the need to rush miles off his line to try and chase the ball down. Suffice to say, he failed, and Porto doubled their lead. 

And unsurprisingly, Twitter reacted in style.

And it wasn't just Arsenal fans who were enjoying the moment:

Having drawn 1-1 in Portugal, Roma were favourites to reach the group stages, but that was before a 3-0 defeat in the Italian capital. 

Of course, the real tragedy in all this is that none of us will be seeing Francesco Totti in the Champions League proper again, with the skipper set to retire after this season. 

And judging by tonight, Arsenal won't be reacquainting themselves with Szczesny any time in the near future either. 

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