Wojciech Szczesny’s long-term future at Arsenal is still unclear, despite the player’s eagerness to return to north London.
- Szczesny is currently the top performing keeper in Europe’s top five leagues.
- Pole has 14 cleansheets in Serie A
- Roma reportedly do not want him permanently
Previously, Roma were heavily linked with a move to make his loan spell a permanent switch. Now though, it seems they are focused on making Alisson their number one for years to come, rewarding him for both patience and persistence since joining in May last year.
League rivals, Napoli, however, are reportedly interested.
Woj, who turned 27 on Tuesday, has spent the last two seasons in Rome and enjoyed life away from England’s top flight – under less scrutiny from the media and in new surroundings.
With 14 clean sheets this term, he has been performing consistently and established himself as one of Serie A’s best goalkeepers.
Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation remains unclear, though David Ospina looks set for a summer move with Fenerbahce reportedly prepared to pay €7m. Current first-choice Petr Cech has struggled to justify his starting berth with a number of notable errors this term.
Szczesny was heavily criticised for similar issues previously, but has matured with experience and is improving all the time.
Napoli’s best at the moment is José Reina, formerly of Liverpool.
The experienced Spaniard is seven years Szczesny’s senior and despite still maintaining his ability, questions about his long-term suitability have begun to arise.
Three defensive errors, significantly fewer saves (59 compared to Woj’s 80) and more goals conceded (32 to 27) suggest that Szczesny would be an upgrade for a relatively decent price.
Having already spent two years in the country learning the language, Napoli would gladly benefit from his situation, if Arsenal deem him only good enough as a back-up option to Cech.
Stats’ source: Squawka