Wojciech Szczesny: I wanted to stay at Arsenal and challenge Petr Cech

On-loan Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says he holds no grudges over Arsenal's decision to sign Petr Cech

Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that he wanted to stay at Arsenal and challenge summer signing Petr Cech.

The Poland international moved to Serie A side Roma in the summer transfer window after Arsenal signed Cech in an £11m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea.

actually wanted to stay and challenge him for the spot

Wojciech Szczesny

The 25-year-old shot stopper, who could play in his first Rome derby on Sunday afternoon, has established himself as the Italian club’s first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Szczesny revealed Arsene Wenger urged the goalkeeper to leave Arsenal in search of first-team football following Cech’s arrival, adding that he holds no grudges.

“I’m not stupid — if you buy one of the world’s best goalkeepers it’s not to keep him on the bench,” Szczesny told Daily Mirror.

“I actually wanted to stay and challenge him for the spot but after a conversation with Wenger it was obvious that I should be looking for new opportunities.

“Why would Wenger not do it? Because Wojciech Szczesny, who grew up at the club, is here? Be serious here, Wenger has to consider the overall good of the club first.”

Szczesny has kept two clean sheets in 12 appearances in all competitions for Rudi Garcia’s men this season.

Cech is expected to experience his first north London derby on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.

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The 33-year-old Czech Republic international has conceded just eight goals in 11 Premier League games this season.

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