The Colombia international was signed in the summer to provide the Arsenal number one with competition following Lukasz Fabianski’s move to Swansea City.
Szczesny was interviewed on Friday on the subject of the current goalkeeping situation at the Emirates Stadium and his thoughts on new arrival Ospina. The Polish international was interpreted as saying that he doesn’t see the Colombian international as ‘a friend’.
According to reports in the Media, he said:
I feel confident of being No.1 but I know I can’t let myself play a few bad games.
I know Ospina’s ambitions don’t end at sitting on the bench and clapping his hands while watching me play.
He is a nice guy. In a sporting sense, he is a suitable player at a suitable club. But it’s easier for me just in one aspect: I do not feel sorry for him.
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I do not think ‘he’s my friend’ as I thought about Fabian. I was convinced Lukasz deserved to play, but not at my expense.
However, the 24 year old explained on his Facebook account that he never said anything like that and blamed the media for twisting his words. He said:
English press need to stop looking for a story when there isn’t one. I said I used to feel sorry for Lukasz Fabianski because he was my good friend and he deserved to play first team football. Little bit different then saying “Ospina isn’t my friend and I don’t feel sorry for him”, don’t you think?
With social media these days your bull…t stories will get killed straight away.
A healthy rivalry between our keepers is a good thing. Ospina looks to be a very able shot stopper and certainly capable of succeeding Szczesny should the Pole hit a patch of dodgy form. It’s difficult to predict how he’ll adapt to the rigours of Premiership football, but it appears to me he has the right characteristics to do so with ease.
Opsina’s arrival and the legitimacy of his claim for the starting spot will push the Polish keeper further and that is exactly what he needs. I expect him to start regularly in the cup competitions and the odd Champions League game and if he puts in some good performances in those fixtures then the fight for the ‘keepers jersey could get interesting.
In all honesty the comments probably look a lot worse than the player intended and like most goalkeepers, he is determined to play and keep his spot in the eleven. There is nothing wrong with his views, but its better if he could stay away from these confrontations with the media.
What do you say Gooners? Share your thoughts in the comments below.