On the 19th July 2017, Arsenal announced that Wojciech Szczesny had the left the club for Juventus for a reported (as per the Independent) fee of £10 million.
After a successful two-year loan-spell at AS Roma, many Arsenal fans expected the Polish number one to take over Petr Cech as the Gunners starting keeper for the upcoming 2017/18 season, however, Arsene Wenger surprised everyone by allowing the talented keeper to leave on a permanent deal.
Having come through the ranks at Arsenal, Szczesny has claimed time and time again that he is a fan of the north London club and that he would like to spend his entire career at the club, but after establishing himself as the number one ‘keeper mid-way through the 2010/11 season and looking like a shot-stopper who could go all the way to the top, the cracks began to show.
Attitude problems caused Wenger to drop the Pole for his international counterpart Lukas Fabianski on more than one occasion, and it all came to a head in the 2014/15 Premier League season when Szczesny was caught smoking in the dressing room following a 2-0 defeat away to Southampton.
Szczesny would never play for Arsenal again in the league after that incident, and the following summer he was shipped off to Roma on loan for two seasons, where the Polish keeper established himself as one of the best keepers in the division.
Which is why it was a surprise when Wenger not only allowed Szczesny to leave permanently when he returned to the club, but also allowing the keeper to leave on the cheap for just £10 million to Italian giants Juventus, who saw the keeper as a long-term replacement for legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Here’s how Arsenal fans reacted to the news…
— #M1Ö (@hawt_red) 19 July 2017
class! I hope you become better than the great Buffon
— SMP (@shariqparacha) 19 July 2017
— Arsenalsfather (@arsenals_father) 19 July 2017
this is heartbreak for real. Wenger made a terrible mistake here.
— Drew (@torosian_) 19 July 2017
What a guy! His Arsenal career didnt quite turn out the way everyone had hoped. Good time for him to move on. pic.twitter.com/qhyhRAw22I
— HenningS (@SofaGooner) 19 July 2017
Wenger did a huge mistake
— Shah (@SajwarShah) 19 July 2017
I’ll never forgive Arsenal for this, the lad was so young when in our first-team, now you will soon see him become one of Europe’s top GK’s
— Kamz Gooner (@Kamz2203) 20 July 2017
‘..Words cannot describe my gratitude for Arsenal and these people..’ -Wojciech Szczesny Who’s cuttin onions
— FG (@FunnyGooner) 19 July 2017
Since moving to Turin, Szczesny has done exactly what Juventus planned out to do. After spending a season playing as Buffon’s understudy, the Polish keeper stepped up as the club’s number one after the Italian legend opted to leave Italy for PSG, and the former Arsenal man has been a success.
Starting in both the league and in Europe, Szczesny has kept 18 clean sheets in all competitions for the Old Lady as the Italian side look set to not only wrap up the Serie A title in April but aim to finally claim the illustrious Champions League title that eluded the club for so long.
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