Can Ospina overthrow Cech as Arsenal’s number one?

David Ospina has revealed that he is staying at Arsenal, with the intention of challenging Petr Cech for a first-team role.

The Colombian international had been strongly linked with the exit door this summer, with Turkey touted as a possible destination, but he now looks destined to stay put and fight for his place.

Ospina played in much of last season’s FA Cup campaign, including the final win over Chelsea at Wembley, and now seems eager to play more regularly for the club this term.

The shot-stopper said: “I have a contract here, I’m happy and I’m going to fight to the end, I want to continue and win a job.

“That’s what I’m working for, I’ve been working for three years and now I’m waiting for the opportunity.”

At 35, Cech is moving towards the end of his career, with his best days most likely behind him, and with a number of suspect performances having been witnessed last term, Ospina may well have a shout.

Emiliano Martinez also did well when deputising for the duo on occasions last season, and he was also praised by Arsene Wenger for his ability during the previous campaign, and he could well try and stake his own claim for more regular action.

There is talk of a possible loan deal for the Argentine goalkeeper, who at 24 still has plenty to learn when experience comes into it.

Should Ospina begin the season on equal terms as Cech, or even as our first-choice? Can Martinez also stay and challenge the pair?

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  1. He’s a very good goal keeper, Cech will be number one I think, but it’s a long season with Europa league games on Thursdays, he will get his chances, I wish him a injury free season..

  2. good lad.
    i have to say though that after more than 50 years as a gooner , i will not be getting my usual chunk of afc merchandise from the shop at christmas and birthdays, and why would any player want to sign for a club associated with the savagery of sk trophy hunting promotion.
    Ashamed to be a gooner

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  3. on a side note neymar’s finally official….man going for £222, while I live on less than £3 a day and that’s me having it better than a lot of other people..but on a business note, maybe we could a couple of their players on a cheap drazler, rabiot any of em could be a welcoming addition..and ospina’s never really going to be more than a No2, still feel we made a mistake with szc.

    1. Barcelona won the lottery with this deal. Scoring goals was never a problem for them. They need solid defense and midfield these days. That is why talks about Ozil emerged.

  4. nah .i dont think that will happen..he will be our cup keeper..abd now martines is gone on loan he’ll get cc games too..i think we’re good in goal

  5. Is this some kind of a sick joke? Ospina is horrendous. Wilshere, Ospina, Ox are my 3 least (current) favorite Gunners in this exact order. Bunch of losers that can’t stay fit, make stupid mistakes, and are on ridiculous wages. Why do you think Ospina (and the other two) were/are linked with other clubs but are still with us? Because besides crazy money that we are paying them, they are not exactly all that good. What was the highest bid we got for this calamity of a goalkeeper? 2mil from Fenerbahce? That pretty much tells the whole story…

  6. Frankly, I can’t think of a worse GK in the last “few” years that we’ve had: Seaman > Lehmann > Cech > Chezzer > Fabianski > Martinez > Manone > Almunia > Ospina … Did I miss anyone?

    1. Can anyone be worse than the Ghost keeper?
      Yunno, the guy who always dive after the ball fizzes past him?

  7. Players I’d like to leave soon , aka NOWWWW!!!
    Wilshere, Ox, Gibbs, Debuchy, Jenks., Ospina… (why did Martinez have to go on loan while this loser is still with us?!)

  8. ….Ospina is good, feels more better if he stays.!!

    i think £ 20-30 million is officially deleted in the transfer market.!!

  9. Ospinaaaaaaaaa is a descent keeper but I still feel wenger will show his trust in PC 33 just because of his experience and winning mentality.But still ospina will get enough game time in the two domestic cups and europa league.With cech getting no younger,I feel it is time for macey to step up as martinez has went out to loan.

  10. You all talking rubbish here, Per Cech’s time is all over, For me on arsenal shirt he only did good thing for 30 %. Worst keeper cant save a mere penalty if it was not Martinez Bayern should have won by penalties, Per used to be good not anymore just face the reality guys and stop acting . If wenger can give Ospina game time he is a good keeper but he needs to be at the sticks most of the time not once to get full confidence. Why dont you ask yourself why Wenger selected Ospina against Per Cech for FA FINAL VS CHELSEA, OSPINA IS GOOD TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

  11. Many people said Cech will be Number 1 keeper because his experience and winning mentality, but Cech was already Arsenal keeper for 2 seasons and Arsenal did very bad not either Champion League. Ospina in 2014 was the best keeper with better stats in the league.

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