Wojciech Szczesny has reaffirmed his desire to remain in the Premier League once he returns to Arsenal this summer.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been on-loan with Serie A side Roma for two seasons now and despite improving significantly since the move, the club’s new sporting director Monchi is already looking at alternative goalkeepers ahead of next season.
He previously said that he’d like to return and challenge Petr Cech for the number one spot at Arsenal in future, though things are currently uncertain in that regard.
Cech turns 35 next Saturday and has been inconsistent this season, though recent performances suggest he’s done enough to justify his stay as first-choice at least in the short-term.
He’s got two years remaining on his current deal whilst Szczesny only has one after this summer. As a result, it’ll probably be the two of them battling it out for a regular starting spot – though you’d assume that Wojciech himself would want assurances over regular minutes.
After all, David Ospina has only played 13 matches (two in the Premier League) this term despite Cech’s faltering form, which suggests Wenger and his coaching staff are too tentative to drop their most experienced player.
It’s likely that Ospina will depart this summer and Szczesny may feel inclined to do the same, but not join a direct rival in England’s top flight. Time will ultimately tell but the Independent have reported there has already been ‘informal contact’ from a number of English sides about his availability.