Wojciech Szczesny has revealed a conversation with Arsene Wenger helped convince him that a season long loan at Roma would be a good move.
The 25 year old has made 181 appearances for the Gunners, but the signing of Petr Cech meant any additions to that would, at best, be in the cup competitions.
Having left the door open for Szczesny’s return, it seems Arsene Wenger played a part in convincing the Polish international that playing reguarly in Serie A and the Champions league would be of real benefit to him.
“Once the offer from Roma came in, I spoke to Arsene Wenger and he told me it would be a fantastic move for me to join Roma and play in the Champions League, fight for the Serie A title and try and improve the squad,” he told the official Roma site.
“Arsene Wenger told me that Rudi Garcia is a very good manager. I also have Mathieu Debuchy, who played for Rudi Garcia at Lille, and he had some good things to say about him as well.
“I’m excited – as I said, I’m trying to gain experience every day from everyone I meet, every new coach. I’m looking forward to working with him and with the goalkeeping coach and trying to become a better goalkeeper and a better person.”
He also spoke about how he sees the season in Italy as a way of improving after what was a disappointing campaign last time around.
“I had a difficult time last year,” he said. “I’m the first person to admit that. I didn’t have the best of seasons, that’s why things have turned out the way they have, but I’m grateful because it gives me the opportunity to join Roma this season.
“I believe if I work hard – and with the help of the coaches – I’ll be able to help the team improve from last season and hopefully challenge for the title.”
There were also hints that in spite of Arsene Wenger’s words, he might see his long-term future elsewhere.
“I don’t want to focus on just getting experience here and going back to Arsenal. I didn’t come here just to go back to Arsenal after one year.
“I’ve come here to win trophies with AS Roma and I believe that the team is strong enough to do so. I think there’s great potential. I’m here to win games and trophies for this club.”
We know he annoys some people, but we’re fans of Wocjiech still, and it’s a bit of a shame the way it’s worked out. Who knows what might transpire in the future, but let’s hope he has a good season in Rome and take it from there.