Former Arsenal and Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says the reason he chose Juventus this summer was because he wanted to win trophies.
Earlier in the year it was suggested that Szczesny wanted to stay with the Gunners. However, the Polish keeper was then given the option to leave, as staying would have meant competing with Petr Čech, David Ospina and Emi Martinez for a place in the team.
As a result, the 27-year-old decided to take that opportunity, and says that Juventus was the clear choice for him. “I chose Juve because I need to win everything, here is a great mentality that makes a difference every day,” he said.
“Inside the dressing room I feel stronger and quicker. It was a normal choice: when Juve calls you, you have to go, and I’m very happy. (Paulo) Dybala is out of this world, among the best around, right after (Leo) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Robert) Lewandowski.”
That was called that a “dig” at Arsenal, according to the report. But I think that’s just an attempt to twist the quotes to rile up Gunners supporters. Towards the end of Szczesny’s Arsenal spell he was winning trophies. It was only when he left for AS Roma that those dried up again. If he is having a dig, then it’s more likely to be at Roma.
To me, Szczesny is just saying that of the options available to him leaving Arsenal this summer, Juventus was the one that gave him the best chance to win something. The former Gunner will probably find his game-time limited this season, however, as Gianluigi Buffon hasn’t yet retired.
The Italian is reportedly set to hang up his boots after the World Cup in 2018, at which point Wojciech will have the chance to take over the number one spot.