Szczesny: No guilt over keeping out Ospina

The Arsenal goalkeeper says that his new Colombian rival is not his “friend” as was compatriot Lukasz Fabianski and is confident of remaining Arsene Wenger’s first choice


Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says that team-mate David Ospina is not his friend and has no guilt over keeping him out of the team.

The Poland international enjoyed an excellent Premier League season for the Gunners last term and saw backup Lukasz Fabianski move to Swansea City as a result.

Ospina was brought in from Nice in July but his arrival has left Szczesny more convinced that he is the club’s first choice.

“I feel confident of being No.1 but I know I can’t let myself play a few bad games,” he told Przeglad Sportowy.

“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.

“I do not think ‘he’s my friend’ as I thought about [Fabianski]. I was convinced Lukasz deserved to play but not at my expense.”

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