Juventus have signed Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny for a fee of €12.1 million. The Poland goalkeeper underwent his medical last week and officially become a Juventus player.
Szczesny spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma and has signed a four-year contract with Juventus where he is expected to be understudy to Italy No. 1 Gianlugi Buffon over the coming months.
A statement on the team’s website said, “Juventus Football Club is pleased to announce the transfer of Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal, the goalkeeper signing a four-year deal with the Italian champions until 30 June 2021.”
The statement pointed out that of the goalkeepers who have made more than ten appearances just Buffon and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma have grater save percentage rates over the last season at 77% and 76% respectively. Szczesny record stands at 75%. However, last season Szczesny kept the most clean sheets, 14 in total.
At a news conference at the Allianz Stadium Szczesny said that he was delighted to sign the contract.
“I never had any doubts about coming to Juventus,” he said. “I’m grateful to Roma for everything, but I am happy to be at this club. I’ve come here to win. Since I arrived in Italy, Juventus have won everything there was to win, apart from the Champions League, and anybody who comes here wins, which is what I also want to do.”
He went on to say that he has a huge amount of respect for Buffon and that he hopes to learn and grow while with the team. He said, “I’ll try to learn as much as I possibly can from him.”
He also expressed thanks to Arsenal for his time there despite being on loan for an extended period, “I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner!”