Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny uncertain on future after Roma loan
Wojciech Szczesny spent last season on loan at Serie A side Roma.
MARSEILLE — Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says he has no idea where he will be playing his club football next season.
Szczesny, who sat out Poland’s Euro 2016 quarterfinal defeat on penalties with a thigh injury, spent last season on loan at Roma but said he is unsure whether he will return to the Emirates next season or continue in Italy.
Earlier this month, Roma made an official request to extend his loan but no deal has yet been completed as Szczesny has been in France with Poland.
“I’d love to know,” Szczesny told reporters in Marseille after Poland lost 5-3 on penalties. “I really don’t know. For now I was focused on the Euros, I tried to recover from my injury. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen in time but now I have time to relax, for holidays and maybe think about my future.”
Last season, Szczesny moved to Roma after Petr Cech was signed from Chelsea, but sources close to the club told ESPN FC that the 26-year-old could be offered a new deal by Arsene Wenger and then be loaned back out.
That could depend on what happens with Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who has been linked with a move to Besiktas.
Szczesny played 34 matches in Serie A last season for Roma but any return to Arsenal would almost certainly be as Cech’s understudy.
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In Marseille, Szczesny watched from the bench as former Arsenal teammate Lukasz Fabianski, now with Swansea, failed to stop any of Portugal’s penalties. Instead, Jakub Blaszczykowski missed before Ricardo Quaresma converted the crucial spot kick and Poland missed out on a seminal place.
“To miss out on the top four in Europe is heartbreaking, really,” Szczesny said. “We’ve had a fantastic journey so it’s disappointing. We’ve done ourselves proud, we’ve done ourselves proud. It’s a good start to build on the future for this team.”
He added: “It’s the first big tournament where we haven’t disappointed in a long time.”
Poland had never previously been beyond the group stage at a European Championship.
Portugal, meanwhile, are in the semis for the fourth time in five European Championship finals having not won a single match of five in normal time in France.
“They are a great side,” Szczesny said. “Yes, you could say they haven’t won a game yet at the Euros but they also haven’t lost.”
John Brewin is a staff writer for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBrewinESPN.
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