Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny left the pitch in tears and clutching his chest during the Europa League quarter-final against Sporting Lisbon at the Allianz Stadium on Thursday night. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri substituted Szczesny moments later, with the former Arsenal stopper replaced by Mattia Perin.
Fortunately, Szczesny is now “feeling good” and “doing well” following an electrocardiogram (ECG) test conducted on Thursday night. Juventus has confirmed that there is no cause for alarm and will provide further information on his condition in due course.
Subsequently, the goalkeeper himself provided an update to reporters, saying, “I was worried, I was not able to breathe but now I feel good. The tests confirmed that there’s no problem.” The incident has attracted much attention, with fans across the globe showing their support for the goalkeeper.
Szczesny is no stranger to the footballing world, with a successful career that saw him play for top-tier teams across Europe. He came through the ranks at Arsenal, where he won two FA Cup titles, before losing his place to David Ospina. He joined Roma on loan in 2015 and eventually signed for Juventus on a permanent basis in 2017.
Since joining Juventus, Szczesny has played more than 200 games for the club, winning three Serie A titles and being named as Serie A’s Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2019/20 campaign. He has also won several individual accolades and is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Szczesny’s Love for Arsenal
Despite his success at Juventus, Szczesny has never forgotten his roots and still has great affection for his former club, Arsenal. In fact, when he left the club permanently, he paid tribute to Arsenal on Instagram, saying, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid… 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!”
While the incident on Thursday night caused alarm among fans and the footballing community, it is reassuring to know that Szczesny is now “doing well.” The goalkeeper’s successful career and his love for his former club, Arsenal, are testaments to his skill and dedication to the sport. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch soon.