After getting his Premier League career with Arsenal off to an incredible start with three clean sheets from his first three games, our Colombian international David Ospina has had a somewhat tougher time of things in the last two games, conceding two goals in the derby defeat by Spurs and then another to Leicester City on Tuesday.
So there have been a few more questions aimed in Ospina’s direction in the past week or so and his position in the starting line-up could be under some threat again from Wojciech Szczesny. The Poland international is likely to start against Middlesborough in the FA cup on Sunday and a good performance from him will only increase the pressure on Ospina, but is it too harsh to question the Colombian after the last two games.
I know that he maybe should have done better in palming away the effort that led to Kane’s first goal at White Hart Lane but apart from that I think Ospina has still been at a very high level and has made some very good saves. I also like the calm and confident way he commands the box and comes to catch or punch crosses away.
I did a stat comparison on Ospina and league’s top keepers before these last two games so I thought this up to date one from Squawka.com might show us whether his impressive figures had dropped off and they haven’t really. Against De Gea, Courtois and Lloris, the Arsenal stopper still comes out top, over a 90 minute average, in the overall scoring, clean sheets, goals conceded, saves per match, saves per goal and catches per match and he is just behind Lloris on punches per match.
So unless Shezzer has the game of his life on Sunday, should Ospina be back for the Premier League game next weekend?