Arsenal forked out around £80m on new signings this summer, with David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all arriving at the Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger looked to build on their first trophy success in nine years following their FA Cup final win over Hull City in May.
Chambers, Debuchy, Sanchez and Welbeck have all played big parts so far this season, but Colombian World Cup goalkeeper Ospina has featured very little since his move from French side Nice. With Wojciech Szczesny still Arsenal's No. 1, Ospina has had to make do with just one appearance - a Capital One Cup tie against Southampton.
Ospina joined the club after impressing in Brazil over the summer, but other goalkeepers were also linked with the club after the departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano, and one of those was Cardiff City's David Marshall.
The Scottish international may have suffered relegation with the Bluebirds, but he was Cardiff's star player in an otherwise miserable campaign, producing a number of fine saves to keep them in games. It was believed that Wenger had looked at the possibility of bringing the former Celtic goalkeeper to North London, but no deal materialised.
Now with Szczesny's Poland set to square off against Marshall's Scotland in tonight's 2016 European Championships qualifier, the Arsenal stopper says he was relieved when Arsenal didn't sign Marshall, citing that he is 'incredible'.
"I heard rumours last season [Marshall] was going to sign for Arsenal so I definitely wasn’t looking forward to that happening,” Szczesny 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 comments are great praise for Marshall, but raise question marks over how seriously Szczesny is taking the competition from Ospina. The idea was that given how secure Szczesny was as first choice goalkeeper, Ospina would come in and challenge, pushing the Pole to his best - but it seems Szczesny would have been more worried by Marshall joining.