Wojciech Szczesny loan on cards as Arsenal and Roma open talks

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
Image: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be heading to Roma on loan

Arsenal and Roma are in talks over a possible loan deal for Wojciech Szczesny, according to Sky sources.

Szczesny lost his place as Arsenal's No 1 goalkeeper last season following David Ospina's arrival, and this summer's signing of Petr Cech has pushed both further from the first team.

Arsene Wenger this month said he would gladly keep both Szczesny and Ospina despite Cech's arrival, but he did hint at a possible departure when he added: "We have to see if they're happy as well. We'll see what happens."

Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at Singapore American School
Image: The summer signing of Petr Cech left question marks over the futures of Szczesny and David Ospina

And it now appears Szczesny could be the man to leave, albeit on loan, with Sky sources suggesting early-stage negotiations with Roma are under way.

The Poland international made his Arsenal debut as a teenager and has started 181 times, but he was displaced by Ospina after compounding two errors in a New Year's Day defeat at Southampton by smoking in the shower after the game.

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The 25-year-old played in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa in May and insisted shortly afterwards he was "here to stay".

Szczesny's Arsenal contract runs for three more years, and any departure would leave Emi Martinez as the club's No 3 keeper.

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