Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny was replaced by David Ospina as Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper since New Year. Getty

Arsenal have confirmed Wojciech Szczesny will be on loan at Roma next season after the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea earlier this summer put his situation at the Gunners under scrutiny.

Having moved to the Emirates Stadium academy in 2006 at the age of 15 from hometown club Legia Warsaw, the Poland international managed to establish himself into Arsene Wenger's squad after making his first-team debut in a League Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion in 2009.

The 25-year-old won the golden glove award alongside Cech in the 2013-14 season but has been under scrutiny since he was caught smoking in the showers following the defeat against Southampton on New Year's Day – with Colombia international David Ospina taking the number one role for the rest of the campaign.

Earlier in July, Wenger announced the player still has a future at the north London club but was ready to move him to Rome on loan as the arrival of Cech in a deal that, according to the BBC, is worth £10m ($14.1m), could thwart his development.

"I believe he will have a future at Arsenal because I personally rate him highly. I put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he already has huge experience. I don't want that experience he got when he was very young to be wasted and that is why I gave him the opportunity," Wenger said earlier in July.

And Arsenal have now confirmed his departure to Serie A on a season loan "subject to the completion of regulatory processes".

"Wojciech Szczesny will join Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season. The Poland international joins AS Roma for the opportunity of regular first-team football this term. Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Wojciech well for his time in Italy," the club confirmed through an official statement.

The Polish goalkeeper becomes the Arsenal fifth mayor departure of the summer transfer window after Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski, Carl Jenkinson and Yaya Sanogo left the Emirates Stadium.

Szczesny, meanwhile, has expressed his delight about the move to Roma TV while hoping to help the Serie A giants fight for silverware in the coming campaign.

He said: "I've come here to win games and trophies with AS Roma and I believe that the team is strong enough to do so. I think there's great potential. I know the faces of the players and I know their names, so hopefully I will settle in very quickly."