The Arsenal keeper spent many frustrating years as understudy to Petr Cech, and even though when he got a long run in the side he had absolutely fantastic stats, Wenger still dropped him as soon as Cech recovered. It must have been soul destroying.
He was looking for a way out for many years but Wenger refused to let him break his contract, so it must have been a relief when Bernd Leno arrived and the Colombian became surplus to requirements. He secured a loan at Serie A high-flyers Napoli, and now it seems he has persuaded them to take him to Italy on a permanent basis.
CalcioMercato reports today…..
He arrived as an emergency solution with the aim of compensating for the arm injury suffered by Alex Meret in the summer, but David Ospina took very little time to convince everyone and above all Ancelotti about who should be the number one goalkeeper at the San Paolo. Convincing performances, experience and leadership have led to the fact that Napoli are now seriously considering to buy out the player from England.
The operation proved to be farsighted, considering that Meret had to postpone his return to the field for several weeks and is not ready yet. Napoli paid 1 million for the loan with a right of redemption that can become an obligation only in the case if the Partenopei win the title.
Beyond the legitimate ambitions of Ancelotti’s team, the Azzurri seem to be convinced to complete the purchase of Ospina regardless, knowing that, with a contract expiring in June 2020 with Arsenal, the claims of the Gunners are unlikely to be excessive.
Although he didn’t get to play too many times at Arsenal, he was always highly respected and could have had a glittering career elsewhere, so as the title says; Congrats and Good luck David….