Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny has returned to AS Roma on a season-long loan, both clubs have confirmed.

Szczęsny, who fell out of favour at the Emirates Stadium following Petr Čech’s £12 million arrival from Chelsea last season, branded his spell on the Arsenal bench as “a waste of time” to Il Tempo back in May, meanwhile also highlighting how much he’d learned at the Italian club in comparison to his time with the Gunners.

After a successful loan spell with Roma that saw the Poland international appear 42 times last season, Szczęsny makes his long-awaited return to the Italian capital, where he’ll be joined by summer signing and former S.C. Internacional goalkeeper Alisson.

Following reports of an option-to-buy being included within the deal agreed between both parties, details of the loan move are yet to be clarified.

Szczesny, who joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw back in 2006, went on to appear 181 times for the Gunners after making his debut versus West Bromwich Albion in 2009.

The 26-year-old won back-to-back FA Cups in his time with the north London club and shared the Premier League’s Golden Glove award with Čech in 2014, topping the clean sheet charts with 16.

Written by Patrick Ribeiro

Freelance journalist. @P_SRibeiro

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