One of Juventus’ first-team stars has opened up about his affection for Arsenal, the club whom he used to represent prior to the switch to Italian football.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger got rid of a number of players in the final few years of his reign at the club, before saying goodbye himself in May 2018.
One of the men whom Wenger parted ways with not long before his exit was Wojciech Szczesny, a player sold to Juventus in the summer of 2017.
The Poland international spent nearly five years as a member of the Gunners’ first team, winning the FA Cup three times – even though he hardly featured in the competition due to is role as first-choice shot-stopper at the time.
Nonetheless, there is no doubt that Szczesny had a fairly brief but memorable career as a first-team player at Arsenal and in a recent interview, he opened up about how much he misses the club.
The 29-year-old, who is now worth £50 million according to Calcio Mercato, has admitted Arsenal is a club he has love for, even though his career at the Emirates stadium was ended abruptly.
“I miss playing at the Emirates. I think that was something special for me, the quality of the pitch, the fans, the big nights in a north London derby,” Szczesny told Arsenal.com
“The emotions were quite different because whatever you do in your career, and some of us have gone on to make great things and have made a great career whereas some have maybe made a step back, there’s nothing like playing for the club that you love. The emotion of that is something special.
“That’s why I was always jealous and why my dream was always to follow the Gerrards and the Scholes, the Tottis of this world. I think it’s just beautiful that you can play your whole career for one club and just appreciate that emotion of going out to the pitch and having that extra little bit.
“Your heart rate is a little bit higher because you know it means that little bit more to you than to the others. That was just really beautiful.”