Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has confirmed that he is on the verge of completing a loan move to AS Roma.
The 25-year-old Poland international joined the Gunners seven years ago and has made 132 Premier League starts for Arsene Wenger’s side, but lost his place to David Ospina in the second half of last season.
Wenger, who has signed Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer, insists Szczesny still has a future at the club though, saying: “Szczesny is a top-class goalkeeper but we have three goalkeepers who are top. For one of the keepers, if he can play somewhere that would be good.
“I believe he will have a future at Arsenal. I personally rate him highly – you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20.”
Meanwhile, Szczesny has posted a video on his Instagram feed which confirmed: “I am very happy, because I am going to Roma on Monday. I’ll see you soon.”
Wenger has also revealed that Theo Walcott is set to sign a new deal to stay at Emirates Stadium “very soon”.
The 26-year-old England international, who will be out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season, scored the only goal of the game on Sunday as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to win the Emirates Cup.
“It was another goal for Theo and I’m not surprised by that because I played him through the middle,” added Wenger.
Arsenal are 1.33 to win their opening Premier League game of the season against West Ham United on August 9. A victory for the Hammers is on offer at 9.00 and the draw is available at 5.00.