Arsenal keeper Ospina still to decide on his future
David Ospina is ready to evaluate his future at the end of this season, as the Arsenal shotstopper is highly focused on finishing the current campaign well at first.
At the moment away on international duty with Colombia, in CONMEBOL’s 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, Ospina has been going through a rough season in north London.
In 2014/15 season, after a successful World Cup alongside brother-in-law James Rodriguez, Ospina arrived at Arsenal and secured a starting place in the side.
He managed to overtake Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order, and even went on to achieve an impressive tally of eight clean sheets in 18 Premier League appearances. Wojciech Szczesny was allowed to leave Emirates as he joined Italian outfits Roma on a season-long loan back in the summer. He became the no. 1 goalkeeper for Arsenal last season, but then fall back as the reserve keeper behind Petr Cech.
He was demoted this season as Arsene Wenger decided to sign Chelsea icon Petr Cech, who was instantly cemented as the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper.
The Colombian was very unhappy with the lack of playing time with the North Londoners. He doesn’t want to be seen as the second choice keeper. But after featuring in every minute of Arsenal’s league campaign until 2nd March, Cech picked up an injury and created an opportunity for Ospina to prove his worth.
The 27-year-old Colombian goalkeeper has now responded to questions over his future at the Emirates. He suggested that at present, he is clearly working on taking advantage of his chance in the team.
Ospina said, as quoted by The Sun: “Since Petr joined we have built a good friendship. However, we are still competing for the spot.
“I don’t want to think about the summer. I’m focused on the present and my present is Arsenal.
“We will see how this season ends, then we will see what happens with my future.”
David Ospina has conceded two goals in his two league appearances this month, in-keeping with Petr Cech’s season average of one goal per game.
Both of those goals came during his first match of the league campaign, as Arsenal drew 2-2 with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Ospina worked very hard, as he managed to make eight saves at White Hart Lane.
Back in January there were reports claiming that Everton are ready to make a move for Ospina as Roberto Martinez is keen to bolster his options in the goalkeeping position. Apart from the Everton, even Turkish giants Besiktas were interested to secure his signature.
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