Szczesny Says Ospina is Not His Friend.

Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal's current first choice goalkeeper is aware of the threat he has got with the presence of David Ospina and he is not ready to relent in maintaining his place.


The Polish international had shown consistency in the last few seasons, making him earn the Golden Glove Award for the 2013/14 EPL season, an honour which he shared with Chelsea's Petr Cech. At that time Lukasz Fabianski who was his understudy struggled to hit his fellow countryman off the spot and at the end of the day, he gave up and decided to look elsewhere. He is now the No.1 shot-stopper at Swansea City.

Fabianski left and Ospina stepped in. The Colombian goalkeeper is no doubt a world class player judging by his displays at the Brazil 2014 World Cup tournament. The 26-year-old who made 189 appearances during a six-year reign at Nice will be keen on making a mark in the Premier League.

Knowing fully well what is at stake if he drops in form, Szczesny has vowed to work so hard as he does not want to be benched. He has said that Ospina is not his friend because both are fighting for the same thing.

“I feel confident of being No1 but I know I can’t let myself play a few bad games,” he said.

“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 Fabia [Fabianski]. I was convinced Lukasz deserved to play but not at my expense.”

Sixteen clean sheets gave Szczesny the Best Goalkeeper Award last season but the Pole has admitted it would be difficult to repeat such a feat with the amount of quality possessed by opponents in the league. He is yet to record any clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

“When I look at the strikers in the Premier League I wonder when the first one will be,” he told Przeglad Sportowy.

“After three games it wasn’t possible.

“The power of our opponents is amazing, this season everything can happen.

“But when I have a bad day I look at the Golden Glove award and feel better straight away.”

Szczesny did not mean he hates Ospina when he said they are not friends. He was just trying to make it clear that each of them is a threat to the other in their profession. The English media as usual know how to make one look guilty with such statements and we saw them spring into action at what they love doing best which is twisting people's words. They made it look as if the Pole despises the Colombian to the point that he won't even greet him whenever they meet.

Szczesny was disappointed with the press for releasing their own version of the story. He took a swipe at them on his official Facebook page last Friday.

"English press need to stop looking for a story when there isn't one", he said.

"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."

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