Reports: Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny set for loan deal to Roma

Reports: Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny set for loan deal to Roma

Arsenal are set to loan Wojciech Szczesny to Italian giants AS Roma following the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, according to Goal.

The 25-year-old has been with the Gunners for his entire professional playing career but seems destined for the exit door after some poor performances and decisions off the pitch led to him losing his place in the side.

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Add to that the fact that Cech, 33, has arrived from Chelsea to become the club’s new number one and Szczesny is now dispensable.

As the Gunners finished fourth and won their first trophy in several years during the 2013/14 campaign, many thought that the Polish goalkeeper was set to be the club’s number one for many years to come.

However, dreadful performances up to and including Christmas last season saw Arsene Wenger turn to David Ospina, a summer signing after his exploits for Colombia at the World Cup.

Now, though, Wenger has signed Cech who will almost certainly be the club’s new first-choice stopper so Szczesny has little choice but to leave for first-team football elsewhere.

According to the aforementioned source, Roma will pay €400,000 (£281,000) for the loan move, and will retain the option to make the deal permanent next summer.

Arsenal's goalkeepers, past and present all compared over last season.

Arsenal’s goalkeepers, past and present all compared over last season.

He kept just three clean sheets during the first half of last season, losing his place after two catastrophic errors away to Southampton – and being caught smoking afterwards.

Ospina came in and kept eight clean sheets to help secure a top three finish and another FA Cup for the Gunners, although Szczesny was in goal for the final at Wembley.

However, Cech managed just seven appearances last season and kept five clean sheets for Chelsea, proving his ability and shaming Szczesny’s poor record.

Wojciech Szczesny committed six defensive errors in the Premier League last season, three times as many as anyone else at Arsenal.