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Boniek insists Arsenal loanee could leave if Wenger stays

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The president of the Polish FA, Zbigniew Boniek, says Wojciech Szczesny will not want to return to Arsenal if Arsene Wenger is in charge of the club next season.

Currently on his second consecutive season-long loan spell at Roma, Szczesny’s deal with the Serie A club expires in the summer and is due to return to Arsenal.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper left the Emirates following the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea in 2015, and Boniek reckons the Pole could stay in Italy if Wenger signs a new deal at the end of the season.

Speaking to Centro Suono Sport Radio, Boniek said on the matter:

‘I had dinner with Szczesny and he told me that he would like to stay at Rome.

‘If Wenger stays, I don’t think he will go back to London, while his contract expires in 2019 anyway.

‘I can therefore see two possibilities: either Arsenal recall him, or they name their price. It’s 100 per cent certain, though, that he would like to remain in the [Italian] capital.’

Szczesny featured regularly for Roma last season and remains a key member of Luciano Spalletti’s side.

The brash shot-stopper has previously stated that his future at Arsenal remains unclear and if Boniek’s comments are accurate then Szczesny could look to make a permanent transfer away from the Emirates this summer.

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