Szczesny: I’ve always said I’d love Arsenal return


Wojciech Szczesny says he’d love to return to Arsenal at the end of his latest loan spell at Roma but will wait until the end of the season before making a decision about his future.

Speaking to BT Sport, the Poland international reflected on his two years in the Italian capital, admitting the chance to play in a different league has helped him mature as a player.

Here’s a transcript of a video interview conducted with James Horncastle ahead of last night’s victory over Juventus…


I came here after a terrible season. I was in a bad moment. It was a good chance for me to re-launch my career. Coming here and having a fresh start, new challenges, new league helped me to mature a little bit as a player.

Is this your best season in your career?

I’d say so, yeah. In terms of consistency, it definitely is. In terms of quality, I feel at my best.

You’ve got 14 clean sheets this season. Are you the best goalkeeper in Serie A at the moment?

It’s a big statement to make. There are goalkeepers on an unbelievable level here. I wouldn’t dare compare myself to Buffon, not as a man and not as a keeper. I’d never make that statement, no.

What do you make of Roma’s season?

It’s been a little bit up and down, but mostly up. In a few important moments we lost important games that we shouldn’t have lost. I wasn’t playing but we got knocked out of the Europa League in a way that shouldn’t happened. There were were some bad games, but when I look at the season overall we’ve been very consistent.

What do you think is the difference between Roma and Juve?

I don’t ever want to say that my team is missing something. Roma can absolutely compete at the top level in Italy and win trophies. The size of their squad is a difference, they have 25 players that are ready to play every week and that makes a difference over a season. It looks like they always know they are going to win. They have a mentality of real winners. I really appreciate that as a professional and when things don’t go well, they still come out on top. That’s made a difference but in terms of quality, I don’t see anything that we’re missing.

It’s Francesco Totti’s final year, what’s it been like spending these two years with him?

A little bit unreal. He’s a player that I watched as a little kid. As a young kid of eight or 10 years of age you never dreamed that you’ll share a dressing room with those kinds of players. It was the same with Buffon when I first played against him. I never thought I’d get the chance to play such a legend. It’s been unreal.

Would you like to stay at Roma?

I’m happy here. I feel I’ve grown as a goalkeeper but for me the time to make a decision will come in the summer. For now I’m an Arsenal player, as soon as my loan finishes, I have to come back [to London]. I’ve always said I’d love to be back there. Like I said, what will happen definitely won’t be decided now but in a month or two months time.

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