Arsenal goalkeeper reveals difficulty in befriending rival team-mate

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has revealed that it is difficult to become friends with his team-mate Wojciech Szczesny, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Ospina recently overthrew Szczesny as the club’s number one shot-stopper, with the Colombian playing in the Gunners’ last six Premier League fixtures as well as last night’s 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League round-of-sixteen.

Szczesny has been Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper the past few seasons, but indifferent form earlier in the campaign and being caught smoking in the Southampton bathroom finally made manager Arsene Wenger drop the Poland international onto the bench.

And during an interview, Ospina was prompted to discuss the relationship he has with Szcesny, in which he replied that although they have to act professionally together in training, it is unlikely they’ll be forming a friendship.

“Good question,” he said.

“Unfortunately for us goalkeepers, that’s just the way it is. At the end of the day each of us is fighting to get that one spot.

“The rest of the players have got more possibilities of playing.

“But we do maintain a good relationship and we have to in the training sessions because otherwise it becomes difficult for the team and for the coach.”

Ospina was signed by the Gunners last summer for £3million, after the former Nice goalkeeper impressed for Columbia during the World Cup in Brazil.