Saturday 7 May 2016

Gunners may announce player departure

The Polish keeper was farmed out on a season-long loan to the Italian club after falling down the pecking order behind Petr Cech and David Ospina.

The Polish keeper misplaced his original place in the Arsenal side to Ospina, after a dreadful performance away at Southampton, and he was then later caught smoking in the showers.
Szczesny was thus dropped to the bench and Ospina claimed his place for the remainder of the season, only returning to make appearances in the FA Cup.

The 26-year-old lost his starting berth to Ospina midway last season due to his dip in form, and the last summer arrival of Cech from Chelsea, who became the first-choice keeper straight away means little or no playing time for him.

However, he has experienced a resurgence of his form and has been excellent in between the sticks for Roma.

Few weeks ago he has expressed his desire to turn the loan to a permanent deal and admitted that the two clubs are in talks over a potential move to the Series A outfit.

But the purchase clause on the loan agreement might put off Roma, who are also keen on retaining him at the Stadio Olimpico.  The club director Walter Sabatini said the buyout clause is "not realistic"

“I’ve yet to speak with Arsenal, but the figure on his buyout clause is not realistic,” Sabatini said. “We will discuss the renewal of the loan, not the purchase. We will push for Alisson – but it won’t be easy. He is the No.1 for the Brazilian national team.”

The shot-stopper is reportedly earning around £65,000 a week at the Emirates. According to Corriere Dello Sport, the Premier League giants are reluctant to sell with the doubt surrounding the future of Ospina at the club.

The Columbia international has been linked with a host of clubs including Everton after being limited to 13 appearances this season. Szczesny has made over 30 appearances in the Series A with the Luciano Spalletti side who are currently sitting third on the league table.

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