Arsenal set to allow loanee to extend deal with Serie A giants

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could extend his stay with Roma for another season, according to reports in Italy.

The two clubs are understood to be in negotiations to add another year to the loan spell, with the Polish international pushed out of north London following the arrival of Petr Cech.

Given the likelihood of having limited opportunities at the club, Szczesny will undoubtedly be in favour of remaining in the Italian capital where he has settled relatively well despite temporarily losing his place to veteran Morgan De Sanctis earlier in the campaign.

Furthermore, he will face competition following the arrival of Internacional shot-stopper Alisson, who confirmed this week that his move to Roma is almost complete, as noted by Football Italia.

The 23-year-old won’t arrive until the summer though, which in turn gives Szczesny the chance to establish himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper over the next few months.

However, it may well prove to be difficult considering that former coach Rudi Garcia was sacked earlier this month, and so the Arsenal loanee will have to prove himself to new boss Luciano Spalletti.

The Giallorossi are currently in fifth place in the Serie A table, as they sit five points adrift of a Champions League qualification spot and nine off league leaders Napoli.

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