Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the signing of David Ospina, while warning Wojciech Szczesny that performance will determine the number one.
After weeks of paper talks and rumours, Arsene Wenger has finally confirmed the signing of David Ospina from Nice. The Arsenal manager has also warned Szczesny that he will have perform consistently to hold on to his number one spot in the team.
David Ospina joined Nice in 2008 as Hugo Lloris left Allianz Riviera to join Lyon. The 25-year-old custodian established himself in the first team since his arrival and has already made 177 appearances in the league for the French club.
Ospina has produced some consistent performances for Nice in the last two seasons. It is incredible to think that he managed to keep 12 cleans sheets in 28 league appearances for a side which narrowly escaped relegation in 2013-14.
But the Colombian international gained the spots lights recently for his performances in the World Cup for his national side as Los Cafeteros reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. Ospina pulled out some stunning saves during his stint in Brazil and now the Arsenal fans will hope to experience some more of those at the Emirates.
The Gunners are expected to spend heavily on this transfer market and Arsene Wenger is planning on more additions after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United. A new goalkeeper was at the top of Wenger’s priority list as they looked for Lukasz Fabianski’s replacement. The Polish goalkeeper refused a contract extension and opted to join Swansea City in search of regular first team action and Arsenal were in need of new custodian.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of names – from Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas to Nottingham Forest’s Karl Darlow. Arsene Wenger was also keen to sign David Marshall from Cardiff City, but was put off by their demands. Cardiff reportedly wanted £10 million for their player and Wenger believed he can get a better deal elsewhere.
David Ospina has been linked with the Gunners since the start of the World Cup and reports in France suggested that Arsenal have already reached an agreement with Nice for his transfer. The reported transfer fee is €4m million plus add-ons, which is extremely cheap for someone of Ospina’s quality, although he was in the last year of his current contract.
Arsene Wenger has now confirmed the signing of David Ospina in an interview. The Frenchman also insisted that although Szczesny will start as the number one, performances will determine who will find a place in the starting line-up.
“At the start Szczensy will be the No.1, then we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play.” – The Arsenal manager said.