Should Arsenal let Szczesny go to Juventus for €20 million?

Arsene Wenger has recently said that he currently has three world-class keepers at Arsenal in the form of Petr Cech, David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny, but obviously Szczesny has been out on loan at Roma for the last two years. The Pole was rapidly dropped by Wenger after some strange antics and dodgy performances, but he has regained his respect in Italy and is now lauded as one of the best in his position in Serie A.

Currently Szczesny is entering the last two years of his contract with the Gunners and if he came back it would be solely as a backup to Petr Cech, which is something he is not prepared to do as it would jeapordize his position in the Polish national side. As the President of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, revealed in March: “I went to dinner with Szczesny and he says that he would like to remain with Roma.

“If Wenger remains, I do not think he will return to London and more, he has a contract expiring in 2019 with the Gunners.

“At this point there are two possibilities: Arsenal bring him back or fix a figure.

“It is safe, however, 100% that he would like to remain in the capital.”

It is possible that Roma would like to keep him too, but now that manager Luciano Spalletti has left the club it would appear that Szczesny has been given freedom by Arsenal to speak to other clubs, and according to a report today from Calcio Mercato the Pole has already agreed personal terms with Juventus and is keen to move to the Champions League Finalists.

They also say that Arsenal have put a €20 million price tag on Szczesny’s head, which we would never have achieved when he went to Italy two years ago. It seems obvious that Szczesny has no interest in returning to play for Wenger, so is it time for the Gunners to cash in and let Szczesny finally leave?



  1. RAA1395 says:

    Yes they should. Best of luck to him.

    1. Raymond says:

      They should. He needs to have the opportunity to develop his career. Arsenal at present cannot give him that opportunity at present. Let him go and bank the £20mil.

  2. ks-gunner says:

    Who are we going to replace him with?

  3. Atid says:

    Hell yeah, szczesney is no better than ospina or martinez. I can’t understand how it’s 20m for him but only 5m for ospina. But 25m should land us butland who is a better keeper than both and ready to take cech’s place. I also like Pickford, but only 1 season of regular football is not enough to challenge Cech. Martinez should go on loan, he needs a full season to dhow what he is capable of. Macey or Huddart (if we are struggling for numbers in the 25) can be 3rd choice.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I agree about our keepers. I’d say the age is the reason why he’s worth more. I did like Pickford, but I must admit I didn’t realise he so short, thought he was taller than that.

  4. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

    The Sun claims that Szczesny will return to Arsenal with the plan of running his contract down and joining Juventus for free, at the end of next season. Which is when ??Buffoon retires. That will be interesting to see how Arsenal respond to that scenario.

    Talking of losing money, it’s been reported that Arsenal are willing to accept £13 million for Perez, who wants to return to Spain.

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      Here’s another report that seems more reliable than the Sun.

      According to Sky Italia, Juventus are prepared to slap in a €16m bid for Szczesny and are quietly confident about getting a deal over the line for the goalkeeper in the upcoming weeks.

      Napoli were confident of landing the Pole until Juventus started making their presence felt in the chase and since the Italian champions entered the fray, the goalkeeper’s agent ended talks with the San Paolo outfit.

      It remains to be seen whether Arsenal decide to accept Juventus’ offer for the goalkeeper, whose contract expires in 2018.

      1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

        You have to wonder why Szczesny is deemed good enough for Juventus yet not good enough for Arsenal ?

        ?? it looks as if Wenger let a couple of?? in the ?? come in between Logic & sense.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          2nd choice ..behind a behemoth, and prob hoping that the behemoth can teach him stuff he couldn’t get a handle on. …handle on

  5. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    From that article I can only conclude Wenger does not know what a world class keeper is

    1. Johncesc says:

      Am sure u knw all, enlighten us n wenger inclusive wat a world class keeper is…

    2. Break-on-through says:

      Sure how would he, for years upon years he couldn’t even find one that could catch, hold onto, nor judge the flight of a ball. I like a good comedy all the same.

      Now you’d expect him to know a worldy, he’s done the right thing by not trying to develop his own one, instead going for one that made the grade years ago, smart play.

  6. Precious Et Al says:

    Cech is approaching his mid-thirties and his powers would only wane further. Keeping an improving keeper out on loan wouldn’t be the worst of ideas… Convince the Pole to sign a new contract and re-send him on loan, á la, Chelsea and Courtois.

  7. Napersie says:

    Arsenal shouldn’t sell Sczesny. If a massive club like juventus rates him as good, how about Arsenal. We seem to over blame the dude for everything when we forget that we had a weak defence then and no DM, I bet u Buffon will still concede goals with the same backline. He is a great goalkeeper even if we know that he made some mistakes too but so did Cech made some mistakes in d just concluded season before he had a great end to d season. He deserves to come back and compete with Cech, no need to sell. We fans a are really not also good enough to rate some players too.

    1. stefan says:

      couldn’t agree more napersie


  9. Break-on-through says:

    I’m surprised Wenger’s willing to sell him. Not that I rate him highly, it’s just that Wenger doesn’t give up on players very easily. If Juventus want him, I don’t care what anyone says or even what Juventus might say, they see him as a decent back up. Buffon will go on for another two seasons at-least. And even if next season was his last, they’ll find a top keeper over there in Italy, they’ll get whoever Buffons successor will be. Szcz will leave all the in swingers for some of the best CBs in the game to deal with, Chiellini and Bonucci, Barzaghli, even Marchisio in midfield all highly capable defenders.

    If we are losing Ospina, this makes it more surprising, are we sure Ospina wants to leave. Wenger gave him the cup games, he won the FA cup. I’d prefer we stick with our no1 for all games, esp now Cech seems to have found his groove back. Martinez I like, but we are losing two experienced GKs, I think he can cope though, and it’ll be great if we can get Cech’s old coach to work with Martinez too, lichpop or something. Cech will be good to coach him too.

  10. Sean says:

    Sell Ospina, Keep Wojc to learn under Cech & try and take that no1 off him, Cech can be dodgy too though still a fantastic keeper be good to have 2 decent keepers. Scsz could come back no problem at Arsenal with Martinez no3. We have Europa, FA, League cup for our no2 keepers & what if Cech gets injured?

    Sell Jenko, Debuchy & Gibbs.
    Bring back Chambers, Kolasnic is here.

    Sell Wilshere & Elneny
    Buy Nainggolan from Roma

    Sell Campbell, Giroud, Perez
    Buy Mahrez, Lemar & Lacazzette or Lukaku

    Loan out Iwobi, Akpom & Toral

    Show this to Sanchez see what he says to sign on!

  11. Carlos Da Silva says:

    100% need to keep him. He’s an amazing keeper.

  12. MPDwn says:

    Cech still has 5 years in him. Sell SZczesny while looking for a proper understudy.

  13. ruelando says:

    In all honesty Cech although finishing the season strongly, have not done all that well between the sticks and has made some of the same errors that we have said of Wos, it is also quiet strange that we would let Ospina go and sell Wos in the same motion. i think Wos should return and fight for the number one spot at arsenal

  14. Nebsy says:

    I’d like to hear a Roma fan talk about Szczesny, because I sure as hell haven’t watched him play.
    Maybe he really has improved, as unlikely as that may sound.

  15. Subi says:

    Not sure if people agree but I’ve always considered Fraser Forster a solid goalie

  16. Ronny says:

    I read article where schez was quoted as learning a lot in Italy and in particular about his rather rash decision making.
    He’s happier to stay at home now and let the defence do a lot more of the sweeping up.

    I watched him play for Roma and he looked like a man not an Immature boy as I thought of him at arsenal. He made some good saves was composed and communicated well with his defence.
    He did look a solid rounded keeper. >Ospina.

  17. Yobo says:

    Wenger only loaned him because he smokes, has he stopped?

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