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Arsenal keeper wants to make Roma move permanent

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent.

The Poland international joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal in July 2015 following the Gunners' capture of Czech keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.

Szczesny has helped Roma maintain a top-three position throughout the current Italian championship and two more points will see the Giallorossi secure a Champions League place.

Wojciech Szczesny has been on loan in Rome. Credit: PA

And the 26-year-old feels his future lies in the Eternal City, telling Il Messaggero: "I want to stay.

"It's not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we'll see what happens.

"I'm happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club."

Parlour: Arsenal boss Wenger will stay next year

Parlour thinks Wenger will stay. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Arsene Wenger will still be in charge next season - but it could be his last.

The Gunners boss is once again facing calls to quit from a growing section of fans following another failure to mount a title challenge.

Parlour, who played under Wenger the last time Arsenal won the title in 2004, says the board should have a decision to make over his future this summer.

However, he feels the Frenchman will be able to leave on his own terms once his current contract runs out due to his past achievements and the lack of viable alternatives.

"I don't think he'll leave, I think he'll be there next season," said Parlour, who was speaking on behalf of Vauxhall, the England team sponsor.

"It's a situation where Wenger will decide when he leaves, and he's been there so long he probably deserves that.

"But it might be his last season next year, at the end of his contract. At the moment it's going to be difficult for the board to get rid of Arsene.

"You always worry about which manager comes in next. Who would you have? Jurgen Klopp's gone to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Man City. There isn't a huge amount of managers out there.

"It's a big decision they've got to make. If you're going to sack a manager you've got to have a plan. And if they don't have a plan then they've got to keep him."


Wolfsburg release former Arsenal striker Bendtner

Bendtner is now a free agent. Credit: PA

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have terminated the contract of out-of-favour forward Nicklas Bendtner.

Bendtner, 28, had been released from training duties at the club earlier this year, while director of sport Klaus Allofs had declared the "experiment" of signing the Dane a "failure".

The former Arsenal man had signed a three-year contract until June 2017 but failed to make a lasting impression, while he also hit the headlines in March for turning up 45 minutes late for training. He was fined 2,250 euros - 50 for every minute of his arrears.

Talks over his contract situation began in late March, and on Monday Allofs said in a club statement: "Both Nicklas and ourselves had high hopes of his engagement at VfL Wolfsburg.

"But after two years, we have had to ascertain that the expectations were neither fulfilled for him nor for us and a continued co-operation made no sense for either side.

"For that reason, the mutual decision to end our association prematurely is the best solution for all parties. We wish Nicklas all the very best for his future career."

Bendtner, who has had loan stints with Juventus, Sunderland, and Birmingham, finishes his time at Wolfsburg with 47 appearances and nine goals.

Fit-again Arsenal midfielder eyes Euros spot

Jack Wilshere featured against Sunderland. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere has his sights firmly set on Euro 2016 after making his long-awaited Arsenal comeback.

The midfielder made his first Gunners appearance of the season as a substitute during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Sunderland after recovering from a leg injury.

Wilshere was delighted to be back on the pitch and now aims to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson to be in with a chance of making the squad which travels to France this summer.

It's the best feeling. All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off.

You can do all the training, you can play for the under-21s to build your fitness up, but what really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch, so I'm really happy.

I felt good. In my first under-21s game, I didn't really feel that great. In the second I felt better and in the third I felt as though I was able to get through 90 minutes and have an impact on the game.

I spoke with the boss (Arsene Wenger) in the week, he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland. It's a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.

I'm not saying that I'm there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There's a few games left and after that, hopefully I'll go away with England to the Euros. It's an exciting time.

– Jack Wilshere

Wenger: Arsenal can deal with two games in four days

Arsenal had to make do with a game just three days ahead of their weekend clash. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side can deal with playing on Thursday and Sunday as they look to maintain their push for a top-three finish.

The Gunners comfortably beat West Brom on a rare Thursday night outing and travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday looking to stay ahead of Manchester City.

While other teams played earlier in the week, Arsenal had to make do with a game just three days ahead of their weekend clash.

But Wenger is not worried and feels the experiences of plenty of midweek Champions League fixtures is perfect preparation for his players.

"Between Thursday and Sunday and Wednesday and Saturday morning is exactly the same," he said.

"You know we played on Wednesday night at Barcelona and then on Saturday against Everton at 12.45pm.

"It's no problem. In fact, there's a very interesting study that has come out from UEFA that shows that the points taken by the teams three days later are not less than after four or five days.

"It's the opposite and that is quite interesting. The study has been made in all the five best leagues in Europe. Nobody has proven that it is a disadvantage to have only three days rest.

"The points on average are better than after four or five days."

Arsenal old boy happy to help out Spurs title bid

Fabianski's Swansea face Leicester. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he has no qualms helping Tottenham's title ambitions at Leicester on Sunday.

Fabianski will be in the Swansea goal as leaders Leicester seek to steal a march in the Barclays Premier League title race by extending their five-point advantage over Spurs.

Tottenham must watch on before their home game with West Brom on Monday night, and Fabianski knows he will be in the spotlight following his seven years at Arsenal between 2007 and 2014.

"It's all right, I can't say it's tricky," Fabianski said of the position he finds himself in at the King Power Stadium.

"I don't think they (former Arsenal team-mates) would stop talking to me if we help Spurs. But if there is a favour it will be done as a team and as a club.

"We just have to go out there and do our best to get a result."

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