David Ospina is open to joining Fenerbahce this summer, but what would that mean for Arsenal’s other goalkeepers?
The Colombian shot-stopper has been linked with the exit door since the arrival of Petr Cech back in the summer of 2015, and after two years of playing as back-up to the former Chelsea star, is believed to be eager to leave in search of regular football.
Ospina himself has now admitted that he would be motivated by such a move, should a fee be agreed with Arsenal.
He said: “Istanbul may be a new adventure and motivation for me.
“If my club are persuaded, it’s okay for me.”
Emiliano Martinez is currently the only senior goalkeeper fit enough to play, with both Ospina and Petr Cech sidelined with injuries, and he has three clean sheets from his four 90 minute outings this term.
He is set to continue his run in the first team against Crystal Palace on Monday, and Arsene Wenger has moved to praise the 24 year-old, stating he knows of the Argentine shot-stoppers quality.
It remains to be seen just how highly he does rate his current stand-in goalkeeper, and the question may well be answered should the club allow Ospina to leave, while not bringing another keeper in.
Wojciech Szczesny could pose the Argentine’s biggest problem however, with the Pole on loan with Roma this term, and may well return to the club this summer. I believe his run of first-team football would convince him to turn down the chance to vie with Petr for the number one spot, but I’ve been wrong more than once before.
Questions have also been raised over Cech’s ability this term, with his mistakes against his former side poses as his most disastrous performances, and we may well be looking to bring in a top rival for the Czech.
Should Martinez get the chance to prove his worth? Could Szczesny return? Does Cech need replacing?