Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wojciech Szczesny to decide future after Euro 2016

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is on loan at Roma for the 2015/16 season.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is on loan at Roma for the 2015/16 season.

Wojciech Szczesny is unconcerned about his future and is happy to wait until after next summer's European Championship to make any decisions.

The 25-year-old Poland international goalkeeper is currently on loan at Roma after parent club Arsenal let him leave on a temporary deal having made a move for Petr Cech in the summer.

Szczesny has settled into life in the Italian capital and has become a key player in Rudi Garcia's side.

But he has already declared that he would return to the Emirates Stadium immediately if called upon to do so - and has again told of his passion for the Gunners.

"My future will be decided after the European Championships," he told sports website przegladsportowy.pl.

"I love Arsenal, but I'm happy at Roma. I know that Roma want me, but I don't see why Arsenal would not want me also.

"Leaving Arsenal was painful and it was a difficult decision to make. I can't imagine myself with another English team."

Szczesny suffered a dislocated finger in a Champions League match against Barcelona and has also made a couple of costly errors, but he is playing football and that is the main attraction for the former Legia Warsaw youngster.

"Garcia believes in me and so too do my team-mates and the fans," he added.

"Coming to Rome was the best choice. It's best being a starter for the runners-up in Italy than sitting on the bench in England. Even Arsene Wenger thought it was the best thing for me."

Szczesny has been told by Gunners boss Wenger that he does have a future in north London but, with Cech impressing since arriving from Chelsea, his path into the first-team may remain blocked for the foreseeable future.

"Szczesny is a top-class goalkeeper - if he can play somewhere that would be good," Wenger said in July.

"I believe he will have a future at Arsenal. I personally rate him highly - you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20 (if you don't)."

Poland have two international friendlies in the coming days as they face Iceland and the Czech Republic having already qualified for Euro 2016 - but Szczesny has fallen behind former Arsenal team-mate and current Swansea stopper Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order for Adam Nawalka's side.

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