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Wojciech Szczesny Completes Juventus Transfer from Arsenal

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

AS Roma's Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szcesny gestures during the Italian Serie A football match Chievo vs AS Roma at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny has joined Juventus in a reported £10 million move. 

Juventus announced his capture on Wednesday:

JuventusFC @juventusfcen

🎙 @13Szczesny13 "I'm delighted to be at Juventus. I've spoken to @gianluigibuffon - a true legend of the game." #WelcomeWojciech https://t.co/PQi7zA3PnV

JuventusFC @juventusfcen

🎙 @13Szczesny13: "When you join Juve, it's because you've been chosen. I didn't hesitate one moment before coming here." #WelcomeWojciech

The Evening Standard's James Benge reported the fee ahead of his medical in Turin.

The Poland international has spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma after leaving the Gunners in search of regular first-team football following the arrivals of David Ospina and Petr Cech at the Emirates Stadium.

While he didn't always convince at Arsenal, the 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength in Serie A and enjoyed two strong campaigns with the Giallorossi.

GianlucaDiMarzio.com's David Amoyal had one word to sum up his efforts last season:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

@goooonerrr4life @DiMarzio Excellent

While he's not likely to unseat the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in Turin, the Italian is 39 and has just one year left on his contract with the Bianconeri, per ESPN FC's Ben Gladwell.

Szczesny could be allowed games in cup competitions this season and perhaps the occasional league match if manager Max Allegri wishes to rest his side ahead of a crunch European clash.

Should Buffon hang up his gloves next year at 40, Szczesny would then be in place to take over as the Old Lady's No. 1.

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The stopper isn't at Buffon's high level—very few goalkeepers are, even now—but his form at Roma has perhaps earned him the chance to prove he can be an effective replacement.

According to Squawka, only Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan statistically outperformed Szczesny in Serie A last season, while his record of 14 clean sheets was the best in the league, two more than the 12 Donnarumma, Napoli's Pepe Reina or Buffon managed.

Szczesny's career prospects have improved since his departure from Arsenal on loan in 2015, and with his move to Juventus he has gone up another level still.

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