Report: Ospina’s gonna be a Gooner

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According to French regional Nice Matin, Arsenal have agreed a €4 million fee with Ligue 1 side Nice for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.

The 25-year-old, who starred for his country at this summer’s World Cup, is out of contract next year at the Allianz Riviera and favours a switch to North Londn above offers from Valencia and a club in Mexico.

On Saturday Arsene Wenger reaffirmed his intention to bring in new blood between the sticks after watching Wojciech Szczesny and Damien Martinez play 45 minutes each in the friendly victory over Boreham Wood.

After a week of rumours, it’s thought that negotiations with all parties are advanced and that the deal could be done before Arsenal set off for the USA later in the week. That’s not to say Ospina will take part in the New York jaunt, he’s still on his holidays following his exploits in Brazil.

A drop in the poo-ometer is in order.

2poos

 

UPDATE (11.35am GMT) – Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère spoke to French radio last night (Le Parisien link here) about talks with Arsenal. “There is no agreement yet but we’re not far,” he’s quoted as saying. 

It looks as though this could be done sooner rather than later. 

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AfricanGooner
AfricanGooner

Good signing!don’t really know much about the man but Woj always responds well to competition so it can only be a positive!

alex
alex

He’s honestly a very good player from what I’ve seen. Arguably the best possible option, for peanuts on a lengthy contract too. Can’t really complain.
I think he will threaten Szczesny even more than Fabianski did and that’s going to be good for Arsenal.

GreekTragedy
GreekTragedy

I’m not so sure. A French friend of mine says he is more than capable of calamity, albeit being a good shot stopper, he is known for rash and poor decision making. He’ll fit in nicely then!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

To be fair, there aren’t many goalkeepers that don’t make barmy decisions, especially in their early- mid 20’s. At 25 he’ll only get better and wiser, as will Szczesny.
I would still expect Szczesny to be number one this season, quite comfortably. Golden glove last season (albeit joint with Cech) says a lot.

Santi Claws
Santi Claws

Signed this guy once on FM. He was a top notch Cup keeper till I formed this defense that was tighter than a nun’s crack and I decided to play them all in all matches all season because they were just bossing it and Wojciech turned into an utter menace in goal and then Opsina got grumpy and asked to be transferred. I rejected his request because I’m not that kind of manager, I’m not about to give in to my players’ outrageous demands, fuck that, they’ll do what I tell them to do, ain’t no pre-programmed cuntbucket gonna tell me how to run my club, I rule with a rod of iron, I am the USA of football managers. So he left on a free transfer after rotting in the reserves for three years. I even trolled him by offering him a massive salary once he’d been released and he was all set to come back but then I cancelled the deal at the last minute after delaying for a couple weeks. Ha! He’ll think twice before messing with the mighty Perluigi Registina again, statistically by far the greatest manager the world has ever seen, winner of the Premier League title a record 19 consecutive times and 10 time winner of the Champions League.

Why yes I’m very satisfied with my quality of life thank you for asking

Miyazaki fan
Miyazaki fan

Pete? Is that you?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

That truly was a gripping tale and a great example for all managers. Congratulations on your wonderful career. 🙂

AshLondon
AshLondon

hilarious comment…

Red Hot chile peppers ft Alexis.

Definitely the perfect replacement for Fabiabski…Plus adds needed competition and experience in between the sticks…#Coy#

Double98
Double98

Goalie Moley

Trex d' Gunner
Trex d' Gunner

Competition is the name of the game baby. Another master stroke by Arsene, he is cheap and a wonderful shot stopper. There shouldn’t be any complacency from Woj, cause he could easily lose his spot to Ospina

Meh
Meh

No diarrhoea today; this story checks out. Me gusta.

I don't comment here often
I don't comment here often

Lovely transfer poo

Gooneron
Gooneron

Guess him touching his Arse in the picture was a sign after all. 😉

heroldgoon
heroldgoon

Thiago. ombre? u have heart in arse?
Ospina. yes right here

Aedan
Aedan

Alexander Frey must be fuming

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Do you mean the goalkeeper Sebastian Frey?

Or the retired Swiss midfielder Alexander Frei?

Or Alexander Frey the composer?

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

wiki wakka

deano

Good healthy compitition for Woj can’t be bad. Looking forward to next season

SingaporeGooner
SingaporeGooner

He’s first choice for his country and he’s 25 so I don’t expect him to come over for an all expense paid holiday in London (ahem..viviano..ahem). The fight for the no.1 goalkeeper spot will be a fantastic contest on its own. This is great stuff, given the fact that we had a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich not too long ago. UTA

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Who was the giant douche and who was the turd sandwich? Please explain.
(love that South Park episode by the way)

Patrick
Patrick

I assume he means Fabianski and Almunia and I assume what he really means is two mediocre options.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

bit harsh on Fabianski.
Ok, he was pretty bloody dodgy at the start, that Porto game sticks in the mind, but looking back over the last couple of years I can forgive him that because he was superb when called upon.
I think he could’ve been a much better option than Almunia if he was given more time to get that out of his system earlier.

Black Hei
Black Hei

Yeah, he looks already injured in the photos. That is a sign of a gunner.

Jammathon
Jammathon

That was against Brazil in the World Cup. He took a fucking battering in that match, if memory serves.

Black Hei
Black Hei

In other words, he literally got his arsed kicked.

Mickö
Mickö

Haven’t seen much of him but from what I have seen he looks decent enough.

Simon
Simon

Good signing. Hope he gets more chances than Fabianski. Wenger being more ruthless which is positive.

happy gunner
happy gunner

Now fingers crossed nobody gets injured. All we need is a cb (or two if verminator leaves) and a defensive midfielder.

I have a feeling arsene’s been having the same food as the Germans… Talk about efficiency.

COYG

2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for
2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for

For the first time since Seeman… an Arsenal goalkeeper whose name I can spell!

Neddy Boo Boo
Neddy Boo Boo

Is this ironic ? it was David SeAman not David Seeman… LOL

AP
AP

Guess Seaman also goes into the list of goalies u cant spell 🙂

the fonz
the fonz

irony

Wenger's underpants
Wenger's underpants

Don’t worry, I sea what you did there.

welshman
welshman

I Always thought it was awesome having a Keeper called Seaman, who kept a lot of clean sheets…

(My Taxi is outside)

butters
butters

I hope wozcek doesn’t do a Casillas

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

What do you mean?

DR
DR

Win a shit-ton of trophies with a team full of brilliant pkayers, I assume.

Personally, I’m onboard with him ‘doing a Casillas’….

Ian Chindolo
Ian Chindolo

Its arsenal forever . We need good signings this season so that we can be on top of the leaque…

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

yeah, that pipe ain’t gonna fix itself. Ospina looks like he could use a spanner.

murray's whale ale
murray's whale ale

Love the fact that despite signing blockbusters like Alexis and Ozil, Wenger still has a keen eye for bargain buys like Ospina. Fantastic value, Arsenal till I die!

lanre
lanre

Erm.. seeman?

Matt
Matt

Nice.

Diawara, Kaba
Diawara, Kaba

A keeper in a different mold too, smaller and better reflexes.Makes for a good mix.
on a side note, i really wish we splash that cash and get Carvalho.A commanding midfield presence and center back are probably the only two things between us and premiership glory.
I cant remember being this excited in a very long time.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I know nothing of Carvalho other than that he’s Portuguese. Who was our last Portuguese player by the way?
Bischoff?

Hihbury Clockhand
Hihbury Clockhand

Wasn’t he actually from France? All I remember about him was he was rather tubby looking and had a prominent widow’s peak, and that he didn’t play enough for me to remember him properly. What kit number was he?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

France U18, Portugal U21. Portuguese mother, French father but born in France. So he’s both really. I think he was maybe number 28, which I guess Gibbs took after him.

If we’re going purely Portuguese though I guess we go back to, who, Boa Morte?
Not a good track record really is it?

Highbury Clockhand
Highbury Clockhand

Apparently he now plays in the 3rd German division. At least on his CV he’ll have ‘Played for Arsenal’. I had ‘Top scorer 2004/05 for Rumpus Bros Lumber’ on my school application, I thought it sounded kind of badass.

Zim Gunner
Zim Gunner

We now basically have nailed down 3 signings before august. Whatever am I going to do on Deadline day.

Black Hei
Black Hei

1. Get all the new signings on a swanky Puma shirt.

2. Wear the shirt and parade yourself around the neighbourhood

3. Listen in horror as your mate tells you that Wenger just signed Cavani

4. Burn the shirt.

5. Buy a new shirt with All the new signings.

Sincerely PumaStaff

Mark Gill
Mark Gill

ZIM.I’m sure we will be watching as AW always signs a last min deal for someone I love transfer ddeadline day just hope its that DM from sp lisbon

arseman
arseman

Yeah man.. What’re we gonna do 🙁

Mark Gill
Mark Gill

Arsenal forever good or bad we are the best that’s for sure

Episco
Episco

Thank God its not Almunia…gone are those days. I like the smell of London.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

Nice

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Perhaps now would be a good time to try to tie Theo down to a longer contract? Seeing as he “signed da ting” for only 3 and a half years a year and a half ago, which, in my opinion was fairly non-committal, it might be the right time to offer a new one. There’s a good feeling around the club, he’s injured and he only has two years left.

oxkar
oxkar

he is a good replacement for Fabiansky. Szczeny needs to work hard to take thr goal poles.

Funner
Funner

Good signing again. That’s very ‘osp’cious for Arsenal!!!

Al Gilmore
Al Gilmore

Good signing. Nipped in to get him before the england cricket team. They need an Ospina too since Swann retired.

I’m here all week. 😀

Black Hei
Black Hei

Whoops, BBC just reported that Khedira deal is off.

blizzard
blizzard

Was that ever ON???

el bahja
el bahja

In other words John terry is a cunt

According to the laws of Quantum Mechanics, WENGA can be OUT & IN at the same time. So please STOP FIGHTING
According to the laws of Quantum Mechanics, WENGA can be OUT & IN at the same time. So please STOP FIGHTING

Thumb up 5 Thumb down 2

HAHAHAHA. I hope it stays that way.

99
99

I’ve decided I’m thumbing this comment up every time it’s made just to further irritate John Terry & Jose who are obviously the two who always thumb it down.

Nepalese Gooner
Nepalese Gooner

Third signing before deadline day, what are we smoking??

donjon
donjon

we a smoking good fortune n rewards for being patient for NINE YRS

Thisisme
Thisisme

Ladies…would he pass the fit test?

99
99

Can’t really tell from this picture in which he’s making a constipation face. I’ll do a Google search later. 🙂

Gbenga Ogunbule
Gbenga Ogunbule

well…can’t comment on this guy cos have never see him play once(bar the worldcup). With what I see in the worldcup I did rather go for the Nigerian goalkeeper. He is brave, compose, mature, one of the best one on one stopper in the world if not the best, knows how to do commend his area, and also he was the best goalkeeper in the LIGUE1 last season keeping 22 clean sheets which was the highest in all the 5 major leagues in europe

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

he’s not a teenager and he’s not unproven. £24m bid lodged for a beast of a DM. I do not know where I am anymore.

Cygan'sBaldSpot
Cygan'sBaldSpot

This ospina dude is a great signing and a bargain at £3million. we’re gonna whoop everybody next season!

According to the laws of Quantum Mechanics, WENGA can be OUT & IN at the same time. So please STOP FIGHTING
According to the laws of Quantum Mechanics, WENGA can be OUT & IN at the same time. So please STOP FIGHTING

The Brazil number 9: FRED.
I still can’t believe it.

Highbury Clockhand
Highbury Clockhand

I’d take Fred over Soldado.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

That’s like having to choose between constipation and diahorrea.

sam gooner
sam gooner

I wonder where the Wenger out guys are

Ozrus
Ozrus

Le-grove?

Vish024
Vish024

4m quid for a 25 year old of this calibre. Surely not in this day and age. It’s literally unbelievable.

It’d be another classic Arsene signing.

santori
santori

or Joel Campbell.

Who would think he would be one of the star performers at the world cup.;)

Dick law anyone?

Where MVila or Wanyama or Gustavo? where mitrogolou?

richardanus
richardanus

Good. DM next please. After that cover at centre-half.

santori
santori

Cback first.

Dm can wait till next summer or Jan earliest.

Arteta provides familiarity to the Meterscielny axis. With Debuchy coming in, there is wisdom in continuity (Unless you like Spurs)

Flamini is an able back up as is LANS Diaby.

Miquel should take the 4th spot Cback and Hayden should go out on loan this time.

Maybe the thrid choice Cback coming in can also act as an emergency DM. or wenger could convert someone who can play DM into a Cback.

We need someone after all that is a mix of Koscielny’s speed and Metersecker’s height. prefrably on account of Meterscielny’s age, this new Cback should be 23-25 which compliments one of either Hayden or Miquel for our future in 2-3 seasons down.

No DM. no Mvila, Gustavo, wanyama, bender or Scheniderlin.

Unless Khedira is available as an opportunity buy, Cback is priority.

rosemonatti
rosemonatti

In 2015 news…Ospina’s draw pulls in his long-time friend, James Rodriguez…

Could it be, the way we’ve been doing business this summer is inspiring…optimism?!

santori
santori

I like your optimism but I would classify that under delusion at the moment. Much as I too would like it to happen…

25 man squad + say (5 youth players)

Gk – Szsc, Ospina, (Martinez)

RB – Debuchy, Jenkinson, (Bellerin)

LB – Gibbs, Monreal

CB – Per, Koscielny, new bloke, Miquel

DM – Arteta, Flamini, Diaby

CM – Ramsey, Jack, (Zelalem)

AM – Ozil, Santi, Rosicky

RW – Sanchez, Walcott, (Gnabry)

LW – Podolski, Chamberlain

CF – Giroud, sanogo, Campbell

That’s practically 3 players per position.

Interesting to note that 22 out of 30 players here are from UK, France, Germany and Spain. There are only 5 French players contrary to the media’s out dated notes where there are 6 brits and a steady growing contingent of Germans and Spaniards.

Of all the positions at the moment, I’d be most worried about Cback. Next to that, Sanogo. Unless he finds his feet quick I’d prefer to keep campbell as something different (Plus he has had tremendous positive experience lately) where yahya in truth could benefit from a loan. We could benefit from one more striking asset but it does not need to be top billing or pricey. But Cback is the main priority with Tv likely leaving and not good enough to force into rotation with meterscielny

santori
santori

We have an incredibly balanced squad otherwise and one with a good mix of future youth and current experience.

the media of course are commonly blind to these sort of facts.

rosemonatti
rosemonatti

Note to self: Never ever try to make jokes on the internet.

TheÖzmeister
TheÖzmeister

Great if the deal goes through.
Now we only need a dm. Khedira, Bender or Schneiderlin anyone will do.
N if The Verminator leaves another cb of course.
We are good for the title.
Szcz
Kos. Per. Deb. Gibbs.
DM.
Ramsey. Ozil.
Sanchez. Giroud. Walcott.
Subs – Jack. Ox. Poldi. Santi. Omg does the bench look stronger? Lol.

cavani's pot dealer
cavani's pot dealer

Just wait for one more big surprise.

Swedegunner
Swedegunner

So we’ve replaced a keeper and RB who left by spending 0 thanks to Vela and Cesc transfers. Arsene really is a stud in economics

Gooner in the pilbara
Gooner in the pilbara

Soo much good feeling
Light hearted banter,no wankers screaming for wenger’s head
COME ON LETS MAKE THIS A SEASON WORTHY OF TATTS ALL ROUND

santori
santori

Looks like Wenger did go to south America for a bi of shopping after all contrary to what he likes to put out to the press that he normally follows mainly club form.

So we have

Debuchy who played for France and kept Sagna out.

Ospina who had a good showing for Colombia

Sanchez enough said

And

Campbell who led the line well for a truth be told over achieving Costa Rican side and who is only 22. He also has good club form to boot BTW.

What’s next?

We need a Cback. I hear United are interested in Hummels for 16m. Seems cheap.

Moby01
Moby01

I’ve only one thing to say….

John Terry is a cunt!

Best regards
Mobie01