Wojciech Szczesny says he’d love to return to Arsenal at the end of his latest loan spell at Roma but will wait until the end of the season before making a decision about his future.
Speaking to BT Sport, the Poland international reflected on his two years in the Italian capital, admitting the chance to play in a different league has helped him mature as a player.
Here’s a transcript of a video interview conducted with James Horncastle ahead of last night’s victory over Juventus…
I came here after a terrible season. I was in a bad moment. It was a good chance for me to re-launch my career. Coming here and having a fresh start, new challenges, new league helped me to mature a little bit as a player.
Is this your best season in your career?
I’d say so, yeah. In terms of consistency, it definitely is. In terms of quality, I feel at my best.
You’ve got 14 clean sheets this season. Are you the best goalkeeper in Serie A at the moment?
It’s a big statement to make. There are goalkeepers on an unbelievable level here. I wouldn’t dare compare myself to Buffon, not as a man and not as a keeper. I’d never make that statement, no.
What do you make of Roma’s season?
It’s been a little bit up and down, but mostly up. In a few important moments we lost important games that we shouldn’t have lost. I wasn’t playing but we got knocked out of the Europa League in a way that shouldn’t happened. There were were some bad games, but when I look at the season overall we’ve been very consistent.
What do you think is the difference between Roma and Juve?
I don’t ever want to say that my team is missing something. Roma can absolutely compete at the top level in Italy and win trophies. The size of their squad is a difference, they have 25 players that are ready to play every week and that makes a difference over a season. It looks like they always know they are going to win. They have a mentality of real winners. I really appreciate that as a professional and when things don’t go well, they still come out on top. That’s made a difference but in terms of quality, I don’t see anything that we’re missing.
It’s Francesco Totti’s final year, what’s it been like spending these two years with him?
A little bit unreal. He’s a player that I watched as a little kid. As a young kid of eight or 10 years of age you never dreamed that you’ll share a dressing room with those kinds of players. It was the same with Buffon when I first played against him. I never thought I’d get the chance to play such a legend. It’s been unreal.
Would you like to stay at Roma?
I’m happy here. I feel I’ve grown as a goalkeeper but for me the time to make a decision will come in the summer. For now I’m an Arsenal player, as soon as my loan finishes, I have to come back [to London]. I’ve always said I’d love to be back there. Like I said, what will happen definitely won’t be decided now but in a month or two months time.