When Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in 2015, Arsenal supporters were in the view that he will replace Wojciech Szczesny between the woodwork for couple of years.
Which will see Wojciech Szczesny drop down to the second choice or find some new club on temporary basis and concentrate on his development for some period and get back to business after gaining some maturity.
The Polish Goalie joined Italian giants AS Roma on loan as their first choice goalkeeper.
In Italy, he was doing extraordinary – gaining fanbase around the globe. Many big clubs scouted him, but this was an Arsenal guy and will remain until the very end of the next campaign.
Wojciech Szczeny joined Arsenal as teenager and while being getting under the needle at academy, everyone could see the future number one goalkeeper of Arsenal Football Club.
Even manager Arsene Wenger was quoted being mesmerised about Wojciech Szczeny.He said:
“We have identified Wojciech as a future great, great goalkeeper.I really believe in him that he will one day be Arsenal’s number one. He has all the qualities you want from a goalkeeper.”
Considering ‘How Petr Cech is performing between the posts’, many Arsenal fans would support keeping Petr Cech instead of Wojciech Szczesny. But you cannot ignore the fact that Petr Cech has conceded more goals in his short-spell at Arsenal than what he gave away with Chelsea in his eleven years at Stamford Bridge.
Petr Cech is 35 years old at the time, and it looks like Wenger is hoping him to be ‘Ven De Saar’ of Arsenal.
Wojciech Szczesny has got his whole career ahead of him and at this point it looks like Arsenal made a mistake in this motif.
What Makes ‘Wojciech Szczesny’ dangerous?
Szczesny is an modern aggressive goalkeeper. He has got some ‘superb’ reflexes and eye for long passes from box. He comes off his line often to make sure the goal isn’t scored. He sometimes looks jumpy from the crosses but with the career ahead of him, he will right his wrongs.
Many fans stood surprised with departure of Wojciech Szczesny, and at Juventus he will be the successor to ‘King’ Buffon. Juventus is one of the best clubs around the globe and currently ranking way above Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny was no someone who want to ‘leave’ Arsenal. He was been forced out.
After let out of Manuel Alumunia, Szczesny was handed ‘No. 1’ jersey. And was expected to play an important role in Arsenal’s future.
This is when everyone will see ‘Wojciech Szczesny: The Future of Arsenal’. Wojciech showed ‘Why’ he was poised to be the one for the future. Szczesny penned new long-term contract with Arsenal in November’13. At the end of the season, he was awarded joint golden glove with Petr Cech with 16 clean sheets. With the duo keeping sum of 16 clean sheets.
Here comes the turning point. His Arsenal’s career started to slide down. Wojciech Szczesny got involved in a smoking incident in the dressing room away at Southampton. He was eventually dropped to the bench, David Ospina replacing him between the woodworks.
In the following summer, Petr Cech was signed by Arsenal, leading for Szczesny’s loan to AS Roma.
Performances for AS Roma:
Wojciech Szczesny was one of the best ‘Serie A’ goalkeepers in both the seasons he featured for AS Roma. He was one of the trusted hands in the goals. We are seeing his potential and growth at the same time. He would just be next to Buffon if we compare their performances. And now, he is straight successor to the ‘old man’.
On 19 July’17 he was announced as Juventus player. Debuting for his new badge on 9 September.
Wojciech Szczesny’s message to Arsenal supporters after his departure:
I remember being a young boy in Poland, watching David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and others play for Arsenal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid. When I was approached by Arsenal in 2005 my world changed forever. I began my journey as a 16 year old boy at the Arsenal’s academy, trying to one day become a first team player, going out for evening runs in East Barnet with Jack Wilshere. Little did we know then, that couple years later we’d beat Barcelona in the Champions League and wear the no.1 and no.10 shirts. It has been over 11 years since I became an Arsenal player and I never thought the day I leave this club would come. Everything that I am and everything that I have, I owe to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Liam Brady, David Court, Bob Arber, Steve Bould, Neil Banfield, Mike Salmon, Tony Roberts, Gerry Peyton, Pat Rice and many others. Words can’t describe my gratitude to these people and love for this club. Today I move on, ready for the new challenge in my life, taking with me only the good memories and bag of expierience. I leave hopeful that those days of Berkamp,Henry, Seaman and others are soon to return to Emirates Stadium and Arsenal get back to winning the Premier League. I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner! ❤
All the best Wojciech Szczesny.