Wojciech Szczesny says he knows where he’ll be playing football next season, and that he’s learned more in his time at Roma than in all his years in England.
Perhaps there’s an element of saying what the audience wants to hear, but it doesn’t reflect well on Arsenal, even if it is an off the cuff remark. However, it’s an open secret that both Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, who left to go to Swansea, have been unhappy with the goalkeeping coaching at Arsenal – so his comment may be particularly pointed.
“If I stay at Roma, it’ll be the opportunity to grow and improve even more. If I return to Arsenal, I’ll make use of my experience,” he told Il Tempo.
“I learned more in four months under Spalletti than in 10 years in England. He puts a lot of importance on playing the ball to feet. One day we trained for over 45 minutes just on goal kicks.
“I really get on with goalkeeping coach Nanni too, as he is a great professional and I never get bored. We’ve got a strong friendship. If I have made steps forward in my career, it is thanks to him.”
Overall, he considered his loan spell in Serie A a successful one.
“I consider this season very positive, I had to change mentality quickly, it was a very important opportunity for me,” he said.
“It was a waste of time sitting on the bench in London.”
If I stay in Rome, I will have to grow more, if I return to Arsenal then I will treasure my experience. I learned more in 4 months with Spalletti than in 10 years in England.
“The Gunners have paid most of my salary, and I have a two year contract left with them.”
As for next season, he said, “I know where I will play next year, but I do not want to say.”
What we would say is that more than once he’s been misquoted, and he’s happy to correct those quotes via his Facebook page, so it might be worth keeping an eye on that just in case he has something to say.