Although everyone is focused on the European Championship, Arsenal are secretly working in the transfer market to bring in players and to let go those not needed. To this end, according to the Guardian, BBC and various other reliable media out lets, Arsenal third choice goalkeeper and Polish number one Wojciech Szczesny has seen his dream move to Roma dampened by an impasse in contract talks between the Italian club and his parent club Arsenal.
Szczesny is on international duty with Poland in France for the European Tournament and was in goal as the Polish team beat Northern Ireland in the first game where he sustained an injury that made him sit out the barren draw with German last week.
The goalkeeper who is now 26, was first choice in Roma under French man Rudi Garcia before he was sacked midway to the season and was subsequently replaced by Luciano Spalletti. Spalletti retained Szczesny as his first choice ahead of veteran and former Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Santis. The Pole impressed in Rome and was rumoured to be on the move for a second loan spell at the capital club despite the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Allisson this summer.
Arsenal had planned to encourage the goalkeeper to sign a new contract to extend his present contract which will expire in 2018 and then send him on loan to Roma. Szczesny’s Arsenal future will depend on the summer plans of Colombian and Arsenal number two David Ospina who is reported to be seeking a move away as he is not ready to continue playing second fiddle to number one and Czech International Petr Cech. Szczesny will undoubtably return to Arsenal if Ospina moves this summer which is yet to be seen.
Szczesny had earlier shaded his parent club when he said he had learnt more in four months at Roma than he had learnt in his 10-year stay in North London.