Done deal: Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny completes loan move to Roma

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has completed his season-long loan move to Serie A side Roma, the Daily Express report.

Upon completing his deal, the 25-year-old said: “I’ve come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there’s great potential here.”

Szczesny had become the latest in a long line of stoppers used by Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman entrusted him as the Gunners’ number one during the 2010/11 season.

It’s fair to say that not since Jens Lehmann had the north London outfit had such a reliable stopper. However, the lack of depth in the position allowed the Pole to make the occasional mistake, safe in the knowledge that he was unlikely to be dropped.

That changed last summer when Wenger completed the signing of David Ospina, who had just enjoyed a fantastic World Cup as part of the Colombia side that reached the quarter-finals.

And while the manager stuck with Szczesny initially, a poor performance against Southampton on New Year’s Day proved to be his last game of the season in the Premier League, as, while he became the keeper for the duration of their successful FA Cup run, Wenger chose to use Ospina in the top flight.

The fact that Szczesny was caught smoking in the showers after the game at St Mary’s (via Daily Mail) probably did not help his cause.

And his chances of earning his place back in the side seemed to become slimmer still, following Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea at the start of the summer. If the 33-year-old enjoys the success that he managed during his time at Stamford Bridge, Szczesny may feel forced to seek a permanent move away if he wants first-team football.

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