Arsene Wenger is determined to keep hold of his No.2 custodian in spite of interest from several clubs including Everton and Besiktas. David Ospina has grown increasingly frustrated with his role at Arsenal but Arsene Wenger does not want to let him go, atleast until the end of the season.
Ospina has been sidelined by the arrival of Petr Cech and according to The Daily Mail, has confessed to those close to him that he cannot suffer another season on the bench. Ospina was on the bench for almost the entire first half of the season and only got his opportunity in the Premier League in January last year . He replaced Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal’s first choice GK and kept 9 clean sheets in 18 matches that he played.
Ospina would have thought that he has done enough to convince Wenger that he is there to stay for the long term but Wenger went on to sign Petr Cech and things have never been the same for the Colombian since. Ospina has not managed to get a game in the Premier League and it is impossible that he will get to play even 1 minute of it this season. Cech has also established himself as Arsenal’s go-to man in the FA Cup and Champions League and Ospina cannot be blamed if he wants a move away from the club.
When asked about Ospina ,Wenger said “I personally think he is world-class,”. “I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no. It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina.”
The Colombian would happily leave the Emirates Stadium this month, but the Gunners are hugely reluctant to sanction a move for the shot-stopper before the summer as they look to keep their squad intact for the title race. Arsenal,though, will review the situation at the end of the season.
Wenger also empathises with Ospina: “I was very happy with Ospina. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision to sign Cech, but I rate him highly. True he had a bad season because he has that mistake [against Olympiacos] and when you do not have many opportunities and you have one bad catch, everyone is after you.
“If you look at his performances from January to the end of last season, he saved us in many games. We are lucky because he has a top attitude, very intelligent, very brave, very quick. The difference with Cech is that he has less experience and his size. Cech is so tall that when he stretches he covers more surface.
Wenger though hopes that Ospina will be getting more games in the future:
“When you have two good players you have always a chance to make the right decision. I think Ospina can be the goalkeeper of the future here as well. With Petr Cech getting older, David may get more games as well.