The Polish shotstopper Wojciech Szczesny has been a frustrating figure at times in the Arsenal goalmouth, and we have seen him make many mistakes at crucial moments for the Gunners, but it would appear that his year on loan at Roma has given him a new lease of life.
His form for the Italians persuaded the Polish coach Nawalka to trust in Woj in their crucial opening match against Ireland. He did not have a lot to do, but when called upon he was safe and secure in everything he did, and had no problems keeping a clean sheet.
He may have a reputation amongst Arsenal fans of being a nightclub-going, unreliable smoker, but it was worth remembering that he was thrust into the Arsenal first team at a very early age. He is in fact still only 26 years of age so well below the peak for most keepers. He has also got married this year and seems more mature and settled in his nature.
I am practically certain that Szczesny will stay at Roma next season, but I sincerely hope that Wenger has the sense to simply extend the loan rather than let him leave completely.
On this evidence I believe that Wenger should keep Ospina as backup to Petr Cech for one more season, and tell the Colombian than he can go where he chooses next summer. He can then bring back Szczesny to be our number One for many many years after Petr Cech retires.
What do you think?