Ospina determined to take Cech’s place

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David Ospina says he’s happy at Arsenal and he’s looking forward to another year challenging Petr Cech for a regular starting berth.

The Colombian is likely to start the season as back-up to the Czech but looks set to be guaranteed game time in the Europa League. Emiliano Martinez will be handed the responsibility between the sticks for League Cup matches.

As we reported the other day, despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates, Ospina is not looking for a new challenge.

“I have a contract here [until 2020],” he’s quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

“I’m happy and I’m going to fight to the end, I want to continue and win a job.

“That’s what I’m working for, I’ve been working for three years and now I’m waiting for the opportunity.”

It’s fair to assume that the departure of Wojciech Szczesny, who Ospina usurped as club number one back in 2015, probably made the Colombian’s decision to stick around a little easier.

He’s not everyone’s cup of tea (why do you stand so far back behind the goal line Dave?) but he’s proved to be pretty reliable when called upon over the last few seasons.

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