David Ospina set for Arsenal stay

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Despite much speculation about his future at the club, David Ospina is set to stay at Arsenal for the season ahead.

The Colombian international has been linked with moves away almost every summer since he joined the club, and during this off-season was heavily tipped to make a move to Fenerbahce, while a return to Ligue 1 with Nantes was mooted.

However, the reluctance of the Turkish side to bid anything close to what he’s worth saw Arsenal pull the plug on any potential transfer, and since then the 28 year old has been on tour with the club in Australia and China, and he played in yesterday’s 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup.

While other players like Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Lucas Perez have been omitted completely, Ospina has been very much a part of the preparations for the upcoming campaign, and Arseblog News understands that he’s happy to stay in North London.

It’s likely that he will remain the cup keeper, playing in the Europa League and FA Cup, while Petr Cech will be first choice for the Premier League.

So, unless another opportunity presents itself – along with a substantial bid – the former Nice man will be an Arsenal player next season.

It might also mean that third choice Emi Martinez could depart on loan, as he really needs to play at this point of his career.

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Paul
Paul
2 years ago

I don’t mind Ospina but his height is a huge disadvantage for a keeper.

Would have loved Szcz being back-up to Cech.

Martin
Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Why thumbs down. Szczesny is a class above the average Ospina.terrible mistake in letting him go.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

I always thought Ospina was short, until I looked up his height

C.B.
C.B.
2 years ago
Reply to  Lord Bendnter

6 foot is short for a keeper. I can’t remember an Arsenal keeper as short in recent times.

Ayleym
Ayleym
2 years ago

Good news. A very solid back up to have…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
2 years ago
Reply to  Ayleym

Yep more than happy to keep him

Martin
Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Ayleym

Nothing solid about him. We will rue the day we let our best keeper leave.

Gunnerjoe
Gunnerjoe
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

We get it you don’t like Ospina

Martin
Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Gunnerjoe

His decision making is suspect and he lacks the height and presence that all great keepers have. He is a good shot stopper but in all other areas is not good enough. Szczesny is a class above him as proved at Roma and it was a disastrous mistake to let him go.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

I reckon if you say it on another few hundred comment threads people will start taking you seriously

SJ2017
SJ2017
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

Cech is still at the club and doesn’t smoke in the showers

Johar
Johar
2 years ago
Reply to  SJ2017

And isn’t a wee bit crazy, as a former Roma keeper remarked.

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

So this season Cech in the league?
Ospina Europa?
Martinez Domestic cups?
Can understand why we do this, but I wish in the biggest games we’d just pick either our best or most In-Form GK

Chrispy
Chrispy
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Spot on.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
2 years ago

He’s still a nice man

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymarse

Actually met him once in McDonald’s, buying a big mac for his pregnant wife. He let kids take selfies with him and did genuinely seem a nice guy, seemed kind of shy actually

Down under
2 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Did he drop he’s Big Mac

GraeB
GraeB
2 years ago
Reply to  Down under

No more than you dropped predictive text!

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

Whilst Ospina has his upsides and is an international keeper, I feel for Emi Martinez.

He got a taste of action for a few games last season and did very well, plus in pre-season he showed his chops for penalties. He’s always professional and positive and it looked like he’d be the deputy this season. I was hoping this would be his chance to kick on for his development.

Dawn
Dawn
2 years ago
Reply to  Sean

They might all improve in every department with Lehman. COYG ?

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner
2 years ago

Best move for all concerned especially with szczesny gone..

Bri
Bri
2 years ago

Ospina is a great goalkeeper. Glad he’s staying.

Martin
Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bri

Trouble is he’s not a great keeper. Decision making leaves a lot to be desired.

Gunnerjoe
Gunnerjoe
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

See above

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
2 years ago
Reply to  Bri

If he’s a great keeper & he’s available for a decent fee at a great age for a goalkeeper then why aren’t clubs bigger than Nantes in for him? Those who think Ospina is no more than average are in the minority on here, but those in the know in the football world clearly agree with us.

maccarules
maccarules
2 years ago

He’s a capable number 2, the problem is this odd ‘job share’ thing that Wenger does to keep both keepers happy. I think there should be a clear number 1 (Cech), and for what it’s worth I think Szcz should have been kept to battle for no.1 spot.

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...
2 years ago

“Good news everyone…” (said in the voice of Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth)

…& I actually agree. Happy to keep him 🙂

yen
yen
2 years ago

Alright, this one won’t be popular, but – I’ve got my doubts about Ospina’s qualities, even as a back up. His height is simply too limiting and he hasn’t got enough tenacity to make up for it. Every time there’s a cross in the box and he has to go into a clash with a physical striker, it seems to be a problem. And I feel like he solves this problem by relying on the ref too much – meaning he goes down, loses the challenge, goes through the whole “micro-injury” thing we see way too many often – and… Read more »

Martin
Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  yen

You confirm my beliefs. Just cannot understand why so many thumbs down

Gunnerinsearchoftruth
Gunnerinsearchoftruth
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

It’s because people like to Live in a world of fake illusions instead of reality.

A different George
A different George
2 years ago
Reply to  Martin

Stop posting about Ospina! Please!

Mesut O\'Neill
Mesut O\'Neill
2 years ago

It’s an article on Ospina. Seems like the perfect place.

Rogerbij
Rogerbij
2 years ago

Makes sense to me. Also to keep both keepers happy and match sharp. If one is injured the other is ready. Both are quality.

bfollinprm
bfollinprm
2 years ago
Reply to  Rogerbij

This exactly. You have to rotate keepers if you have two real first-teamers, or your backup doesn’t get any game-time, and your performance takes a huge hit in the case of a GK injury, at least for a few games. The only other option is blocking your academy keepers in the U23’s, because you never need to rotate keepers to preserve fitness like you do with outfield players. And you want two real first-teamers if you have ambitions, and with European and cup games there’s more than enough game time to go around for 2 top keepers. Ospina is about… Read more »

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
2 years ago

If Cech gets injured, the thoughts of Ospina playing every week for a considerable period terrifies me to be honest.

Artro
Artro
2 years ago

Great shot stopper, thoroughly likeable guy, but not good enough at organising his defence at the very top level. Should serve us well on Thursday nights though.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus
2 years ago
Reply to  Artro

De Gea is not an organizer either, yet I read nothing but praise for him.

Happy if he stays, solid starter or backup for any team!

Boom Xhaka Laca
Boom Xhaka Laca
2 years ago

Great news – if only for “OoooooosPINA!”

bryan mansell
bryan mansell
2 years ago

great news if ospina does stay quality goalkeeper deserves to play more even in premier games

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum
2 years ago

This is good news

Font
Font
2 years ago

Cech was iffy on a few occasions last year ospina is a proper number 2 to
A iffy number 1

dr Strange
dr Strange
2 years ago

Good! He’s the best back up in the league and he will get a lot of games when we play on spursdays.

Emi is a talent but he needs a lot of competitive games in a tough league like the championship or even league one.

This is for the best. Maybe not for Ospina but it certainly is for Arsenal.

andy
andy
2 years ago
Reply to  dr Strange

Statistically he is the best keeper in the premiership

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
2 years ago
Reply to  andy

If ever there was proof that relying on statistics alone is a dangerous thing to do then this is it.

santori
santori
2 years ago

Probably why we weren’t too bothered to quibble over Szsc.

Don’t move them on and people complain we’re being too fussy with pricing, move them on and they complain we let them go on the cheap.

How much did Szsc cost us when we signed him?

Opsina is decent back up to Cech and has less unknowns than if we tried to bring Szsc back into the set up. Martinez looks a decent enough prospect coming up the ranks.

What’s the problem again?

Brendan
Brendan
2 years ago

Ospina is a seriously mixed bag. Incredible reflexes, really fast off his line. However the speed at which he dives and diving in general, plus his handling leaves so much to be desired and his height is a big problem. Hence why he seems to have really good games and then really bad ones depending on the kind of chances he’s faced with. Appears to be an unpopular opinion but I really don’t think he can be relied upon game in game out and Martinez shouldnt have his development stunted in this way as he looks like the real deal… Read more »