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Manager keen to bring Gunners stopper back despite signing keeper this week

Roma manager Luciano Spalleti says the club are still in talks with Arsenal, as they are willing to bring Wojciech Szczesny back to the Italian club. Szczesny, 26, moved to the Italian side on a season-long loan deal last summer after Petr Cech's arrival at the Emirates.

The Poland international rapidly settled and after numerous good performances, he became the club’s number one choice at Stadio Olimipico. He appears to have revelled in his new surroundings, as he started 32 league games for the Giallorossi last season.

Earlier this week, the Italian outfit has confirmed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who was thought to have been brought in to replace Szczesny.

The Brazilian, however, suggested in a press conference that he would be going head-to-head with the Gunners goalkeeper for the number one spot at Roma next season, rather than walking straight into the first team.

Allison, who is 38-year-old joins Bogdan Lobon – who has made just 22 appearances in seven years – as Roma's only current senior goalkeepers.

Although it remains to be seen whether the north London club will let the Szczesny go out on loan again, the Roma manager is hopeful of bringing him back to the Stadio Olimpico to strengthen them in that position ahead of the new season.

While in a press interview, the Evening Standard quotes him as saying, "Both the goalkeepers [Alisson and Lobont] are strong, but we still don't have Szczesny,"

"We have two strong goalkeepers, so we'll see their reaction but that's always an advantage. We're working on Szczesny, for now we have Lobont."

So far this summer, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta have left Arsenal having been released at the end of their contracts.

On Tuesday (11 July), the club also confirmed the exit of former Under-21 captain Isaac Hayden from the Emirates Stadium, who has penned a deal four-year deal with Newcastle United.

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