Following a lot of speculation in regards to his future, the Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is said to be on his way out of the club, with Turkish side Fenerbahce said to have agreed a cut-price £3 million deal for the Colombian, according to reports from the Daily Express.
It has been no secret that Ospina has been left frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the Premier League. Petr Cech is Arsenal’s undisputed Number 1 at the moment and following his failure to displace the Czech Republic international, it appears Ospina has had enough at the Emirates and is expected to complete his move to the Turkish giants shortly, with a medical said to be scheduled next week.
So where do Arsenal go from here? Well, Emiliano Martinez has progressed quite well and could be made the Gunners’ Number 2 for next season. The young Argentine certainly took the opportunities he was afforded last season with both hands and looks to have a lot of potential and Wenger may well be tempted to name the youngster as the understudy to Petr Cech next season.
But lest we forget, there is another keeper in the fray. Since moving to Roma on a loan deal, Wojciech Szczesny has probably had the best two years of his career and has improved on all the aspects that he was criticised for during his spell as Arsenal’s Number 1. The fact that Juventus see him as the long-term replacement to Gianluigi Buffon speaks volumes of the player’s talent, but it remains unclear whether Wenger will opt to keep hold of him.
Personally, I would bring Szczesny back and reinstate him as the club’s first-choice keeper. Besides, Petr Cech did not have a great season last term, despite his late upturn in form. I believe Martinez can be sent out on loan to gain match experience, preferably to a Premier League or Championship club.
But at 35 years of age, Cech would not be willing to sit on the bench and neither will Szczesny considering the form he’s been in and the interest from Juventus. Taking all this into consideration, it will be very interesting to see what Wenger does in regards to the goalkeeping dilemma at the Emirates, but who do YOU think should be our backup keeper next season?