Wojciech Szczesny’s 11-year Arsenal career looks to be over after the Poland international was left out of Arsene Wenger’s 25-man squad for the pre-season tour of Australia and China.
The Italian press has speculated for some time that the 27-year-old has an agreement with Juventus who want the Gunner to spend a season as back-up to Gianluigi Buffon before taking over from the legendary Italian when he retires next summer.
The Pole has spent two seasons on loan in Serie A with AS Roma impressing last term when he kept more clean sheets than anyone else. The Giallorossi had an option to keep Szczesny on a permanent basisfor around £12 million only for the player to have his head turned.
While we’re still none the wiser as to the fee, we do know Juve have been attempting to lowball the Gunners all summer.
Szczesny’s last game in an Arsenal shirt was the 2015 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa, a bittersweet moment that came after losing the number one shirt at the Emirates for disciplinary matters. As you’ll remember, he ridiculously decided to have a cigarette in the shower after a defeat to Southampton at Saint Mary’s and it appears the damage to his reputation was permanent.
Having risen through the Academy ranks to become a popular first team player with the fans, Szczesny’s departure cuts a little deeper than most. We know he has his flaws, but he’s also a very decent keeper entering his best years. With David Ospina also set to leave this summer we’re obviously backing the talented Emi Martinez to step into the void.