Arsène Wenger has opened up on the reasons why Arsenal sold Wojciech Szczęsny to Juventus, a move that has angered and upset a lot of fans – including almost everybody here at Daily Cannon.
Having spent 11 years with the Gunners, the last couple of which were on loan at AS Roma in Italy, Szczęsny has now decided to make the switch to the country permanent, this time with Juventus.
Wojciech completed his move on Wednesday as Arsenal were playing Bayern Munich, so after the game Wenger was asked for his thoughts on the move by the Arsenal website.
He started by telling the site that Wojciech is an Arsenal man and that the club wishes him well, but went on to explain why he was sold.
The reasons he gave were that Arsenal have a number of other options all competing for the number 1 spot and this seemed like a good opportunity for the goalkeeper, as he said: “We have so many top-class goalkeepers that we gave him a chance to remain in Italy. I think that it’s very good for his future because he will certainly take over from Buffon.”
Wenger went on to reiterate what Wojciech himself has been telling press conferences about his gratitude to the club, saying: “I believe as well that he will always be thankful to Arsenal because Arsenal was a big step in his career.”
It was not always smooth sailing for Szczęsny at Arsenal, but he always showed that he had the club at heart, he celebrated every victory with the fans, and leaves Arsenal with two FA Cup winners medals.
Now he’ll have the chance to take over at Juventus as Buffon brings his career to a close, and we wish him all the best as he does so.
We’ll leave you with Wojciech’s piano rendition of “We won the league at White Hart Lane”.