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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Battle for No 1 jersey will make Arsenal 'keepers Ospina and Szczesny better

Arsenal's Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal's Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny can use his battle with David Ospina for Arsenal’s number one jersey to make himself a better goalkeeper in the years to come, according to former Gunner David Seaman.

Poland international Szczesny has seen his position at the Emirates Stadium usurped by Colombian Ospina since the turn of the year following some poor performances coupled with negative off-field headlines when he was caught smoking in the showers after a defeat at Southampton.

Szczesny, though, is expected to be back between the posts for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley.

Seaman – who made 564 appearances for the Gunners between 1990 and 2003, the England international winning eight major trophies, including the double twice – sees no reason why 24-year-old Szczesny cannot use the experience as a positive to better himself for the seasons ahead.

“With Wojciech, it must be hard for him now to be number two, coming off the back of a season where he was a regular and had been playing at his best, but it is totally just because he had a couple of bad mistakes and Ospina has gone in and done his stuff,” Seaman said.

“It is about who is on form - and if Ospina keeps his form, then he is going to stay there.”

Seaman continued: “It keeps you on your toes to know that there is quality behind you. It is not just the games which make you play better, it is the training.

“The goalkeepers train together, and you see the other guy, you think ‘I want to be better than him’. It brings the best out of you and tests you, so you become a better goalkeeper.” Liverpool have

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