Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny that he still has a long term future at the club despite being just days away from joining Italian side Roma on loan, according to the Daily Express.
The Polish international has been omitted from Arsenal’s Emirates Cup squad this weekend in order to complete his move to the Italian capital.
However, Szczesny still has three years left to run on his current deal with the Gunners, and Wenger has admitted that his long term future remains at The Emirates.
“Szczesny will not be involved as he might be going out on loan to Roma. It’s pretty much done. It’s just down to the paperwork. It’s not over the line yet,” Wenger said.
“He is a top class keeper but we have three keepers who are all three top. So if one of them can play somewhere it’s good.
“But I believe Szczesny will have a future at Arsenal because I personally rate him highly. You do not take a boy when I took him, put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he has already huge experience and I don’t want that experience he had a very young age to be wasted and that’s why I gave him the opportunity.
“The question that comes to your mind when you are a manager is how much can he grow with Petr Cech next to him and will he be happy to share his huge experience.
“Mentally can he deal with the fact he doesn’t play regularly. That’s always a question you have in mind.
“But I am not disappointed he chose to go. I believe that is part of our competition. I believe that Roma is a big club that play in the Champions League, play in a very difficult championship as well and that is another big experience for him.
“He is 25 years old but the experience he has already, the number of top level games is absolutely fantastic.
“He himself was open minded about the move. He was ready for a fight here but he was also ready to go somewhere and play.
“I believe that he trusts me on that.”
Presently, Roma are relying on veteran goalkeepers Morgan De Sanctis and Bogdan Lobont – both of whom are fast approaching 40 – so some younger competition could be most welcome by the Serie A giants.
The move could also provide Szczesny with a chance to rediscover his best form. He lost his place in the first team during the second half of the 2014/15 season to David Ospina, and following the recent arrival of Petr Cech, his chances will limited in North London, therefore it will be a good chance for him to get a regular run of games as well.