Juventus are set to complete the signing of Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal after the Polish goalkeeper passed his medical in Turin
Juventus have made an official statement to confirm that Wojciech Szczesny has completed his medical with Juventus ahead of sealing a permanent switch to the Allianz Stadium. The Bianconeri will make another statement imminently to officially confirm the Polish goalkeeper’s transfer.
Szczesny joined Arsenal as a trainee in the summer of 2006, making rapid progress in the youth setup at the North London club before making his senior debut in 2009 as a 19-year-old. The player was subsequently the firm first-choice in Arsene Wenger’s side from 2011-2015.
However, a loss in form and lack of discipline saw him lose his place in Arsenal’s first-team setup towards the end of the 2014/15 season. Szczesny was subsequently sent on two season-long loan spells to AS Roma, and the Pole has well and truly resurrected his career over the last two campaigns.
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Most impressively, the shot stopper kept the most clean sheets in Serie A last season – 14 in 38 games – in what was arguably the most fruitful campaign of his senior career thus far. His time with Roma came to an end this summer, though, following which he returned to Arsenal.
But, Petr Cech continues to remain Wenger’s preferred choice between the sticks at the Emirates, which is why Szczesny has decided to call time on his spell with the Gunners. The 27-year-old is now set to return to Italy, albeit with Juventus, who have been eyeing him for a long time now.
The Bianconeri have dominated Italian football for several years now, having won six successive Serie A titles. Defence has been their strongest suit, with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon standing tall between the sticks for the better part of the last decade and a half.
At 39, the Italian is inching closer to the end of his glittering career though, and the Bianconeri have rightly made their move for Szczesny, who has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in the country over the last two years.
The player is set to complete the permanent switch to the Allianz Stadium imminently, having passed his medical with the club earlier this week. An official announcement is expected to be made soon, following which Szczesny is expected to join his new teammates on their pre-season tour to the USA.
The 27-year-old is likely to be the understudy to Buffon next season, but is expected to take over the mantle of the first-choice from the senior goalkeeper following his retirement. It now remains to be seen if Szczesny can continue his career’s upward trajectory in Turin.