Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be finally set to leave Arsenal in a £10m deal that will see him join Italian champions Juventus, according to the Guardian. Talks are reported to be at an advanced stage and Szczesny is now expected to complete a move to Turin.
The Polish international will now likely be a backup to veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whose contract with the Bianconeri expires next summer. The 27-year-old will then hope to become the number one with the Italian giants, although Buffon has not stated he will retire next summer.
Struggle for first team action
Szczesny always looked unlikely to stay with the north London club, as the Gunners already have international goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina in their squad. Szczesny would have been third-choice ‘keeper at Arsenal next season.
His situation has been the same the last few summers, which lead to him spending the last two seasons out on loan at Juventus’ country rivals Roma. He enjoyed two solid campaigns with the Giallorossi in Roma and obviously impressed enough to earn a move to the Italian champions.
Not quite lived up to his potential
Wojciech Szczesny was seen as one of the most promising young goalkeepers of his generation earlier in his career. However, he has not quite fulfilled his potential so far in his career.
He had a tendency to lose concentration at Arsenal that led to him making silly mistakes. There were also unconfirmed reports about the goalkeeper showing an unprofessional attitude. He was even reprimanded by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for smoking in the showers after a match.
At 27-years-old, Szczesny is still relatively young for a goalkeeper and he could still develop beyond his current level. However, it seems that any development he does make will not be at Arsenal.
Best move for everybody involved
The imminent move seems to suit everybody. Szczesny is definitely not needed at Arsenal and would only waste his career being third choice ‘keeper, so both the player and the club win in this situation.
He has to move on for the sake of his career. Szczesny’s transfer fee is a reasonable one considering that he is surplus to requirements in north London.
I am sure most Arsenal fans will wish the Polish international well for the future. In the end, he may have been slightly too naïve to be the Gunners number one.
Will Wojciech Szczesny ever develop beyond his current level?