Wojciech Szczesny is set to rejoin Arsenal this summer after negotiations over a return to AS Roma again next season have stalled between the two clubs. The Polish goalkeeper spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Italian club and they were keen to take him on a temporary basis yet again for the upcoming campaign.
According to the Guardian, the negotiations have reached an impasse and the 26-year-old is set to return to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with the club yet to decide the future course of action for the stopper. The Serie A club's manager Luciano Spalletti has admitted that they are trying to keep hold of the Arsenal star despite signing Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson and having Morgan de Sanctis on their books.
Szczesny impressed during his loan spell with Roma and was first-choice under Rudi Garcia at the start of the season, and continued between the sticks when Luciano Spalletti took over after the Frenchman was sacked midway through the season. He is contracted to the Gunners until the summer of 2018, and it is believed that the club are open to extending his contract before sending him out on loan yet again next season.
The Poland international's future at the club was brought into question earlier in the year when he took a dig at Arsenal's coaching staff by admitting that he had learnt more in four months at Roma than he had during his 10-year stay in north London.
Szczesny's future is also likely to depend on David Ospina's tenure at the club, with reports suggesting that he could leave owing to the lack of game time due to Petr Cech's addition last summer. If the Colombian international remains at the club, the Pole will become third choice, which could see him leave on loan yet again.
Szczesny is currently with his national team at the European Championships in France and is not concerning himself with regards to his club future until the end of the tournament. He is hoping to recover from an injury he sustained during Poland's opening game against Northern Ireland and play a part in their final group game against Ukraine on Tuesday (21 June).
"Arsenal and Roma are talking but I don't want to worry about it now. Whether I'm an Arsenal player or a Roma player right now, it makes no difference to me. I want to focus on this tournament," the Gunners 'keeper said, as quoted by the Guardian.