Arsenal fans were baffled when Wojciech Szczesny was sold… now he is the heir to Gigi Buffon

Replacing a legend is never easy – just ask David Moyes and Unai Emery. It is a poisoned chalice, leaving you on a hiding to nothing. Every mistake magnified and every triumph someone else’s making as the weight of history grows ever larger.

There are few figures as iconic or legendary as Gianluigi Buffon, certainly not in Juventus history.

That the responsibility to don Buffon’s sizeable gloves fell to Wojciech Szczesny would have alarmed many followers of English football.

Wojciech Szczesny shakes hands with Pavel Nedved after signing a new deal at Juventus

Szczesny has expressed his desire to 'win everything' after committing until 2024

Szczesny has expressed his desire to ‘win everything’ after committing until 2024

The Polish goalkeeper’s quality has never really been under question, but his attitude, consistency and maturity has been found lacking over the years. 

Arsenal fans certainly reveled in his on-pitch selfie in front of the away end after a north London derby victory at Tottenham in 2014, but did Arsene Wenger?

Smoking in the dressing room showers after two costly errors in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day in 2015 was the final nail in the coffin of his Gunners career.

It seemed unthinkable then that five years later he…