by Lee Hurley

Polish internatal Zibi Boniek has thrown his weight behind a loan move which looks like it will take Wojciech Szczesny to Italy.

Speaking to TMW [via Sport Witness], Boniek said “Let’s talk about a very strong goalkeeper who for three and a half years he held at Arsenal. The fact that didn’t hold in the last year was not for technical reasons, but only because he had a disagreement with the coach and now he is paying the consequences.

“I think Szczesny is a positive boy, intelligent, a very good person. Those who question his quality do not understand football.”

(Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Szczesny looks like he’s being shipped out to make way for Petr Cech which is all very odd. When the Chelsea man arrived at Arsenal it was rumoured heavily that Ospina would be sold only for the Colombian to say he would stay and fight for his place.

Woj, on the other hand, spoke eagerly about learning from Cech, something he will have a hard time doing from Rome.

While doubts still surround the Pole’s attitude, it could be postulated that a loan in a foreign country, away from his support network, would force him to address some of these problems while also keeping him fresh and allowing him to learn from an Italian defence.

No-one can quite agree on the details of the deal with some saying there will be an option to buy and others saying there won’t. I’d be very surprised if there was, if I’m honest, but then again, what do I know?

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