Wojciech Szczesny is set to return to Arsenal in the summer with AS Roma not taking up the option of making his loan deal permanent at the end of the season.
The Poland international is currently on his second season-long loan spell with the Serie A club and has been a regular in the starting XI under Luciano Spalletti. He has played the full 90 minutes in every fixture in the league thus far and has also kept the most number of clean sheets – 14 – which is two more than Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon.
Roma's new sporting director Monchi has not indicated that they want to retain him on a permanent basis and have already begun looking at replacements for Szczesny. According to the Independent, the Gunners stopper will return to north London in the summer and is keen on remaining in the Premier League.
Arsenal have Petr Cech as their first choice and David Ospina providing backup, but Wenger could turn to Szczesny if the latter leaves. The Colombia international has opened the door for a move to Fenerbahce in the summer after seeing his playing time being restricted to European and domestic cup competitions.
Szczesny will have to fight Cech for the starting role, while the Gunners also have Emiliano Martinez on their books. The Argentine started two Premier League games in April when both the senior goalkeepers were injured and with Wenger handing him a new contact at the end of last year, he could be in the frame competing with the Polish stopper for the number two role.
Arsenal could also opt to cash in on both – Szczesny and Ospina – goalkeepers in the summer and look for other options. The former, however, is keen on staying in the Premier League and according to the report, has sounded out interested clubs in England.