Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says that he would return to Arsenal whenever the club want him, despite having spent just three months on loan in Serie A.
Szczesny, 25, was picked out by Roma coach Rudi Garcia for criticism as the Giallorossi were knocked off the top of the table with a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan at the weekend.
“Nine months is a long time in football and anything can happen, but Arsenal are like a family to me and I’ve got to admit that if the Gunners do call me back, I would say yes,” Szczesny said in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.
“If a year ago, somebody had told me I’d be playing for Roma, I would have thought it impossible. I could see myself at Arsenal for all my life, and I don’t hide the fact that is still my dream. I owe a lot to the people there and if they were to give me an opportunity, I would play for them.”
Apart from three games which he missed due to a finger injury, Szczesny has been Roma’s first-choice goalkeeper this season.
His mistake in letting Gary Medel’s match-winning goal past him on Saturday saw him called out by Garcia, who said after the game “it’s not as if it was Johan Neeskens who shot,” referring to the legendary Dutch midfielder’s goal-scoring reputation as opposed to the Chilean, who scored for the first time in a Nerazzurri shirt.
“I know that I still need to improve a lot,” Szczesny added. “But I’m working every day to do this and to give it my best. I hope to win the Scudetto here, and I hope that Arsenal win the Premier League.”