Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who is on loan at Roma, has told Sky Sport Italia that he wants to carry on playing football in Italy.
The 25-year-old has been a lifetime Gunner since coming through the youth academy under Arsene Wenger, but he is now calling for some more time away from the Emirates.
Szczesny packed his bags at the beginning of the campaign following the £10million arrival of Petr Cech, which saw the Polish international move down the pecking order.
He faced stiff competition from David Ospina over the summer and after falling short to the duo made the move over to join Serie A giants Roma.
He’s now seen as the main man between the sticks and has featured for the majority of the season, which inevitably has helped his chances of reinstating his place in the national side.
And it’s for exactly those reasons that Szczesny has now called for Arsenal and Roma to come to some sort of agreement in order to maintain regular football at the top level.
Everyone knows I’m really happy here. I’d like to be able to tell you about my future, but I don’t know what it holds for me.
I’ve expressed my intentions to the two clubs and now it’s up to them. I have to decide what’s best for my career.
For many Arsenal fans hearing those comments won’t cause too much of a panic, with Petr Cech not going anywhere for at least three seasons and a keeper like Ospina on the bench.
There is also no chance that Szczesny’s comments are in spite, he’s a massive fan of the club and has followed them throughout the season, regularly expressing his hatred for Spurs.
You can completely understand he has to choose the option that gets him the most game time, and with respect to Lukasz Fabianski he has to be the number one for Poland.
The only way he can do that is by playing in the top tier of club football, whilst also maintaining a regular number of appearances in the Champions League.
At 25 years of age Szczesny could be in line to be Arsenal’s main man with the gloves once Cech has hung up his boots, and gaining experience could be the best thing for his long-term wish.
For now let’s hope that Arsenal and Roma can work together to supply Szczesny with another loan spell.