Wojciech Szczesny hopes he can still resurrect his Arsenal career and revealed he never envisaged leaving the Emirates prior to his move to AS Roma.
Having confined the Polish international to the substitutes’ bench for disciplinary reasons in the second half of last season, Arsene Wenger opted to shuffle the keeper out on loan in August freeing summer signing Petr Cech and David Ospina to compete for a regular starting berth.
Szczesny has experienced highs and lows since moving to the Italian capital. He produced a magnificent stoppage time save to secure three points against Juventus but was yesterday caught out by a Gary Medel effort as Roma went down 1-0 to Inter Milan. He’s also spent time on the sidelines with a finger injury and grown a curious barnet.
Reflecting on his current circumstances, Szczesny told Sky Italia: “Nine months is a long time in football and anything can happen, but Arsenal are like a family to me and I’ve got to admit that if the Gunners do call me back, I would say yes.
“If a year ago, somebody had told me I’d be playing for Roma, I would have thought it impossible.
“I could see myself at Arsenal for all my life, and I don’t hide the fact that is still my dream. I owe a lot to the people there and if they were to give me an opportunity, I would play for them.”
Szczesny also confronted the story about him smoking in the dressing room at St Mary’s after Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
“I never hated Wenger, I owe him a lot. I never hated him, I have always taken responsibility for my mistakes and not created any problems.
“The history of the cigarette in the locker room is real, but it is false that I argued with Wenger.
“Everyone knows that I have made mistakes but I have always accepted the consequences. Wenger was always clear to me and I believe that anyone who is honest is to be treated with honesty.
“We never had any problems but I understand that newspapers are looking for stories. I was not surprised by the arrival of Cech as he is a great goalkeeper who has won everything. I think any coach would have taken at such a low price.”
He added: “I know that I still need to improve a lot. But I’m working every day to do this and to give it my best. I hope to win the Scudetto here, and I hope that Arsenal win the Premier League.”