Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has risked angering his team-mate David Ospina after expressing his relief that Arsene Wenger chose not to sign Cardiff City stopper David Marshall during the recent transfer window.
The Sport Review carries quotes from the Poland international which appear to take an indirect swipe at the Gunners' summer signing after suggesting that the Colombian is inferior to the Championship star.
Rise to prominence
Marshall earned widespread praise for his impressive performances in the Premier League last term, and was heavily expected to leave south Wales following the Bluebirds' relegation.
Arsenal were among the Scotland international's list of admirers, but current number one Szczesny is pleased that the 29-year-old's prospective switch to the Emirates Stadium never came to fruition.
"I heard rumours last season [Marshall] was going to sign for Arsenal so I definitely wasn't looking forward to that happening," he said.
"He's been absolutely incredible and was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League last season. So I was worried he would take my place if he joined us.
"David is a top keeper so as much as you want competition, when I heard him linked with us I was like, 'Woooh, calm down, we don't need to sign anyone that good'.
"But he deserves a move to the Premier League as he's been terrific."
The £100,000-a-week star's complimentary words for Marshall came ahead of Tuesday night's Euro 2016 qualifier between Poland and Scotland, a game which could see the respective custodians turn out against each other.
His comments are somewhat surprising, and could be taken as an indirect swipe at Colombia international Ospina, who was recruited by the Gunners when he joined from Nice for a relatively modest £3 million fee after his impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil.
Ospina made his debut during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat against Southampton in the Capital One Cup third round clash in September, but did little to stake his claim for Szczesny's place in the team following a less than convincing performance.
Initially arriving as a direct replacement for Lukasz Fabianski after he joined Swansea City upon the expiry of his contract, the South American will be expected to provide stronger competition for the 24-year-old between the sticks in the future.
However, on the evidence so far it looks like Szczesny's starting spot is relatively safe, but that won't come as a shock to him, judging by what he alluded to in his praise for Marshall.
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