I guess all Arsenal fans knew that it was inevitable that our Colombian keeper David Ospina was just too good to sit on the Gunners bench for too long. There is no doubt that Wenger did the right thing in buying Petr Cech when he became available, but Ospina’s stats from the half season he was our Number One before that proved that he was a class act.
This campaign just ended also threw up a surprising fact. Petr Cech may have won the Golden Glove and had an amazing 76.2% save percentage, but there was ONE better keeper, Ospina had a save percentage of 77.3% for the games he played in as understudy!
The Turkish giants Besiktas tried to sign Ospina last winter, and they have come back once again to try and prise the Colombian away from the Emirates. Besiktas’ sporting director, Gokhan Keskin, has confirmed live on radio that he is still a target. He said: “Nothing has been agreed on yet but we are targeting Ospina.”
To be fair, it would be harsh for Wenger to force Ospina to spend another year on the Arsenal bench, but this willleave us with another problem.Wojciech Szczesny has performed well at Roma and does not want to come back to the bench either, so we will probably have to make do with Emiliano Martinez as our backup to Cech.
The 23 year-old Argentinian lad performed well at Wolves last season, but is he ready to step up to the Premier League at such a tender age?