The Arsenal and Colombian international keeper David Ospina has not exactly had his greatest of seasons so far, but Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans are now left hoping that the second choice Gunners stopper can step up and save our season from going right down the pan after the news that we are going to be without Petr Cech for next four weeks or so, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The good news for Arsenal is that the Colombian has been there before and bought the T-shirt. After signing for Arsenal following an impressive 2014 World Cup campaign, Ospina was left on the bench until a calamitous performance by Wojciech Szczesny in Southampton last new years day was compounded by the Polish international being caught having a crafty smoke in the showers.
At that point our season was looking in deep trouble but Ospina stepped up in style and helped us to go on a great run which saw us improve on the usual fourth place and win a second FA cup in a row. Another good thing to remember is that Ospina is used to pressure and has proved himself before.
Yes he had that nightmare against Olympiacos in the Champions League but Wenger was right back then to point out that all keepers make mistakes, just like Cech did against Swansea and against West Ham in the season opener. Ospina has not played much since then but he has played in the FA cup and would surely have been set to do so again on Tuesday. And even though he is set to be thrown into a massive game against the spuds on Saturday, Ospina hit the ground running last season with clean sheets in his first four games after replacing Szczesny.
So while the loss of Cech is another blow we do have reason to believe that Ospina will prove to be an effective deputy. But will he be able to save another season for Arsenal?