Keeper Wojciech Szczesny cuts his losses and joins Roma on loan
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has joined Serie A title hopefuls Roma on a season-long loan deal.
The 25-year-old Poland international was limited to 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season, with David Ospina gradually wresting control of the gloves at the Emirates Stadium, and the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea has increased competition further.
Szczesny said: "I've come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there's great potential here. I already know the faces and the names of my new team-mates and I'm hoping to get settled here quickly."
Szczesny, who lost his place to Colombia stopper Ospina shortly after shipping two goals in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day, also hit the headlines for reportedly smoking in the showers after that game.
The capture of Champions League-winning Cech following his 11 successful years at Chelsea meant Szczesny was unlikely to have much hope of reclaiming the number one jersey this coming season.