Posted on June 22, 2015 by ADMIN

Is Arsenal keeper the unluckiest man in football?

If the Arsenal transfer rumour mill has got it right, then Arsene Wenger will soon complete the signing of the brilliant and vastly experienced Petr Cech from Chelsea. And it appears as though the player that will then be our second choice keeper is Wojciech Szczesny, not David Ospina.

I am not sure exactly what the Colombian international has done wrong to warrant this, because he had overtaken his Polish rival in the pecking order. In fact you could say that it was his calming influence and lack of mistakes between the sticks that convinced the boss how vital it was to have a top class keeper. His reward could be to be sold.

Imagine the situation; you play brilliantly for a French club that never gets close to a trophy and then concede the fewest goals of any keeper in the World Cup finals and this gets you a dream transfer to the Premier League and Arsenal. Niggling injury problems disrupt your career at the new club but when you get a chance you grab it with both gloves and post the best stats of any keeper from then on.

However, you still miss out on playing at Wembley in the FA cup final and when you come back from the Copa America you are surplus to requirements. How unlucky is that? And speaking of the tournament in South America, Ospina has conceded just a single goal in his three group games and there was nothing he could do about that bullet header.

Because of Colombia´s struggles at the other end though, Ospina and his team mates only just crept through to the knockout stage as a third placed side and will now play Argentina and that will probably be that for arguably thye unluckiest man in football right now.

Share Button


60 thoughts on “Is Arsenal keeper the unluckiest man in football?

  1. seancali

    I’m reading and hearing we have signed cech for 11 mil, mirror,daily mail,metro. All are saying its done. I still don’t believe it till I see it on arsenal.com

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 77 Thumb down 1

    1. Mick The Gooner

      Every day for the past week the headlines have been ‘Cech moves closer to Arsenal transfer’. Apparently everything but the fee is agreed. In other words, us and Cech have agreed the deal, but Chelsea are stalling. I think they will accept the offer in the end, but are stalling on the deal in order to disrupt our other transfer dealings by keeping our chief guys focussed on Cech.

      Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 1

        1. Mick The Gooner

          BBC say it isn’t done yet and there’s no agreement in place.

          Rate this comment: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

          1. Mick The Gooner

            Pete Cech just retweeted on Twitter that no deal has been done yet, but news will be announced when it is done, so at least it looks inevitable, even if it’s dragging on a bit…

            Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 0

      1. seancali

        They changed it back to Chelsea, wtf is going on…we lost, fkin mourinho has done it again

        Rate this comment: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 10

    2. xamanus

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      Out of tune?. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 30

      1. Midkemma

        Wenger might surprise us all and start Theo instead of Giroud and play the big man against teams that try to play rugby or bring him on to help hold up play in the oppositions half to hold a lead.

        It’s a team game, we have more than just Giroud and I’m sure next season we will see Theo more as a CF instead of a winger as well.

        Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 2

      2. k-ool

        oh come off it @xamanus,
        Have you seen Giroud’s hold up play?
        Move over Thierry Henry, Van Persie and Adebayor…we have a better striker than any of you were.
        I mean look at Giroud…he is fast, exceptional dribbles, excellent trickery and the best part of his game is that he is a world class finisher. You give this guy the ball, its in the net. Look at the home game against Monaco which he was absolutely world class just like many and most of his other games since he has been at Arsenal
        I believe Giroud is better than Karim Benzema, Griezmann, Marco Reus, Sergio Aguero etc.
        Let’s all calm down everyone, we have the best striker in the world…na na na Giroud.
        And just as he has won us 3 premier league titles since he arrived, you can expect us to win the premier league next season again.
        😀

        Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 13 Thumb down 18

        1. YingYang69

          Wow, I love hearing from true fans like you who do give much respect and love towards his clubs players. Fair play to you for singing aloud one of our unsung heroes. Fans like you are reason why our great Emirates does rock so loudly and why we are the envy throughout Europe. I cant thank you enough for your great support towards our beloved Arsenal and am sure AFC and the players feel just the same.

          Kind Regards.
          Fellow Gooner.

          Rate this comment: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 6

        2. jonestown1

          Laughable how you compare OG to 3 players who are not CFs. At least you got Benzema in there so not a total fail. Is that the Benzema with 43 league goals in Real Madrid colours for the last 3 seasons? Makes Giroud’s 41 look truly pathetic doesn’t it? And notwithstanding MR is not a centre forward why would you want to use a player with 31 goals from open play in the last 3 seasons as a comparison to ridicule OG’s 41? Greizman a wide forward on a hot streak – why not compare his 55 league goals in the past 4 seasons with a comparable Arsenal player – like Alexis with his 55 goals in the same period.

          And why not mention Adebayor’s 8 goal season total in 2007 or his 10 goals in 2009. He took 104 games to get the same number goals (not including pens) as OG achieved in 92 games. Or mention that RvP was in to his 6th season before he eclipsed OG’s total.

          Rate this comment: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 1

          1. Goonsquad8

            Well said @jonestown as usual some people don’t think logically but griezmann is a ST now he played like 50 games in a 4-4-2 system where it was him up top with another ST

            Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  2. seancali

    Sadly ospina has to go, he did well but he’s not world class and cech is definitely better than him. It leaves us with no choice but to say goodbye to ospina. Shezney can stay and keep the bench warm

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 21 Thumb down 13

    1. Twig

      Why not Szczesny goes and Ospina stays? Arghh… home grown rules innit? :/

      Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 41 Thumb down 6

    2. muda

      He (ospina) even admit that his agent is taking care of his transfer with fanerbache (wrong spelling I know)

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  3. vijaygunner

    Last season the chelsea lot were make petitions about not wanting juan mata to be sold to UTD and in that same window they got rid of him got matic . I don’t think chelsea fans are still complaining about that. Point is sometimes we’ve got to be ruthless.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    1. Gigi2

      Let’s be ruthless with deadwood not with them an that got our Def tight

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      1. vijaygunner

        True even I don’t want to ospina leave but what if ospina doesn’t want to play second fiddle? and wojciech doesn’t mind.

        Rate this comment: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

        1. Countbalogs

          Cech obviously was in Ospina’s shoe last season and he still won the league with Chelsea. We could do same. Pretty sure he will have his chance.

          Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  4. jonestown1

    If the Cech thing is true, you can’t say Wenger isn’t a patient man – he tried signing Cech in 2002 before he went to Chelski. I feel sorry for Ospina if he is too leave. He is a cult hero in Columbia (“The Wall”) and in half a season became a mini-cult hero for us. On the plus side for him he is still very young – easy to forget he is only a year older than Wojciech – seemed more like man and boy. If he is as good as some think then he will get another big move away from Fernebahce.

    What intrigues me now is to see what negative spin comes of this, both from the AOBs within and the wider media. Someone will invent an ingenious new angle to knock us/Wenger for this deal.

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 4

    1. Gigi2

      For whatever technical reason we he rid of him….it’s a mistake

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

  5. pranavTrue Gooner

    I can understand why ospina has to make way for Cech! Sczezny is homegroen and Wenger knows about his potential.
    It seems that lot of media reports are stating that Cech to Arsenal is done. Daily mail,Mirror etc. How reliable are they?? I am not from UK so I’m not sure about this. Can anyone enlight me?? Is this deal closed?? Just need a confirmation from our Club??

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 2

    1. jonestown1

      Truth is no-one knows pranav – our tabloids are the definition of NOT reliable. However, this has been public for too long now, it is out in the open with multiple sources chipping in, no-one contradicting it, no conflicting stories/rumours – looks like being as close to a banker as you will find……….famous last words and all that.

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

  6. jonestown1

    And don’t know about the “unluckiest”man in football. I’ll trade my job and missus for £50K a week and Jesica Sterling.

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 32 Thumb down 0

    1. ArseneIsYourDaddy

      You sir are a pig! I would have to include her sister also.

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

  7. Greg

    Will believe the petr cech signing when i see the confirmation on arsenal.com!

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

  8. Greg

    I find all the attacks on david ospina to be very unfair! Come on lets cut the guy some slack!

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 29 Thumb down 1

  9. Tas

    Ospina should not be too upset everyone knows he did exceptionally well at arsenal and he will move on to a big club and be the first choice keeper being at Arsenal elevated his career win win all round

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 0

    1. Tas

      And if the roomers are true and his going to Fenerbahce there they rest their Footbalers like gods and make their wife’s or partners TV hosts an istanbull is a lovely city to live

      So Arsenal fans his not so bad off its not like his on the doll I actualy feel more sorry for Shezny

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  10. Jonny

    You lot are mad. Wojciech instead of Ospina – NO THANKS!

    He’s a liability and a clown, kick him out and keep Ospina to fight for no. 1 or when Cech retires he can take over at worst.

    Ospina can still play cup games and keepers can get injured btw

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 16 Thumb down 10

    1. Tas

      Jonny I hear what your sayin its true for now but in a couple of years playing next to cech he will grow to be a WC keeper his still wery Young

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 1

  11. seancali

    I 100% agree with keeping ospina and kicking shezney out

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 21 Thumb down 14

  12. season ticket holder

    News just in Cech agent says no deal for Cech to arsenal.I dont want chelsea reject Cech had poor outing with national team,put him to work with our defence and he will not be an upgrade to what we have Just like Wenger Said we are not interested in cech

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 12

  13. Twig

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Out of tune?. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 23

  14. seancali

    Wtf is going on??higuain all over again. Shittty sources saying its done. I don’t even care if we don’t get cech. I actually don’t mind ospina in goal. We rather get a DM and a striker

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 16 Thumb down 4

  15. MarkArs

    Anyone still have their fingernails? Higuain saga allover again.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

      1. seancali

        Fuk wiki,fuk mourinho,fuk Cech,fuk transfers,fuk Wenger,fuk Chelsea,fuk our transfer system

        Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 3

  16. fred cowardly

    Honestly, I don’t care.
    WE GOT CECH!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, Ospina has just been here for one season so even though he played better than Szczesny and we would prefer him to stay, it’s sensible to keep Szczesny due to the homegrown rule. Also season before last Szczesny Won the golden glove in PL and he is only 26 so can still improve

    Anyway, as I said, we got Cech who is still a world class keeper. A world class keeper will help us Win the PL.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

      1. fred cowardly

        I actually had coffee with Abrahamovic this afternoon and he told me. Best and most reliable source

        Also, all the papers are saying it’s a done deal and they would not all say that if their sources were not strong

        Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 3

    1. k-ool

      Szczesny and Ospina are identical in age. Ospina can still improve too.

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

  17. fred cowardly

    Also, it’s not great for Szczesny either
    If Szczesny thought it was tough to get the top spot away from Ospina, he will have an even more difficult time taking it from Cech who is world class.

    If Ospina does leave he will probably go straight into the top spot wherever he goes

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

  18. Andrew AFC

    If we lose any of our first team players, I will say thank you for your services and I wish you all the best in your career.

    Unlike the Chaves at Chelsea that have already started to slat Cech.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

    1. Trudeau

      There will be a few Chelsea fans who will turn on Cech but my bet is that the majority will remember everything he did for the club. If this proves true it is a classy move by Chelsea to reward a player who has been such a major part of their success over the last ten years. Class and Chelsea. Did I really just write both those words in the same sentence?

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  19. Jonny

    Ospina is apparently 1 year older than szczesny so they can both develop

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

  20. pubgooner

    Will only believe and celebrate when posted on the Arsenal website. Don’t trust Mou at all, at all! Always has a nasty trick up his sleeve, especially for Wenger.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

    1. NY_Gunner

      @pubgooner
      Exactly. I don’t trust this ish either. They wait til we sell Ospina, then pull back the deal and we’re left stuck with Woj and Martinez…

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 1

      1. jonestown1

        Mou can only delay it – Cech comes to us on a free when he is out of contract next year. RA is rich but doesn’t seem much sense in losing £15-20M (wages and transfer fee) to piss of Wenger and Cech.

        Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  21. ArseOverTit

    AW has made a big mistake that could actually benefit us!

    Someone told him to ‘sign a f@cking cheque’ and he misunderstood them.

    Could work out alright!

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  22. pubgooner

    Daily Mail in their Breaking News:
    “Cech seals £11m switch to Arsenal from Chelsea as Wenger gets one over Mourinho… with debut set to be against them at Wembley”

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  23. seancali

    I guess the formalities left…it will take a day or two before it is confirmed by arsenal.com

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  24. infumous25

    I believe that we should try and sort it out and get it done by the end of the week.

    On to the article…

    If Ospina is not good enough as second choice neither should be Szcecezny.

    Ospina dome a really really good job for us last season and tbh if he was under Cechs wing and Cechs coaches wing he would become even better.

    Szcezezny needs to go period if we sell Ospina then go get Simon Scuffet or jake butand

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3

  25. Ronny331

    Three reasons I believe wenger is keeping shez not ospina-1. Schez will be willing to play second fiddle to cech and learn from him, ospina not so. 2. Schez is taller than ospina, recently weve seen ospina flap and struggle in the air. 3. Schezs decision making at times is awfull but we must consider how ropey our back four was early season with scez between the posts and it improved for ospinas time, (coquelin coming baxk had a big part to play in this). Here’s hoping schez is a willing student and can develop well.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

Comments are closed.