Wenger: It was hard persuading Ospina to stay

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Arsene Wenger admits it was tough persuading David Ospina to stay at Arsenal this summer given his desire to play regular first team football.

It looked almost certain that the Colombia international would leave the Emirates when he confirmed in May that he’d be allowed to talk to potential suitors this summer.

Despite strong interest from clubs in France and Turkey, the player has decided to stay another season to challenge Petr Cech for the ‘number one’ shirt.

“Yes, it was not easy [to persuade him to stay] because all these players want to play.

“They are top level players, they want as well to go to the World Cup but he will get a number of games here as well.

“He fights with Petr Cech and the fight is quite open. At the moment I play Petr Cech but this battle is not won definitely by Cech.

“I rate highly Ospina and anyway we’ll play other competitions and he’ll play.”

No doubt the sale of Wojciech Szczesny and temporary exit of Emi Martinez has played a part in persuading Ospina to stick around for another year. It’ll be interesting to see who is given the role of third choice stopper with Matt Macey and Ryan Huddart both vying for a chance to get game time in the League Cup.

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