Ospina feeling calm and confident about facing England

The Arsenal keeper David Ospina has been Colombia’s regular first-choice keeper for many many years, and in fact has played more games for his country than he has in his four years at Arsenal. He may not be with the Gunners for much longer after the arrival of Bernd Leno, but he is still going strong at the World Cup where he will be between the sticks when they meet England on Tuesday in Moscow.

Colombia have won their last two games against Poland and Senegal without conceding a goal, and Ospina is feeling nice and calm ahead of facing Gareth Southgate’s side. “It has gone well for us so far and we feel confident because this our second World Cup together. We’re a bit more experienced,” the 29-year-old said. “Things went well for us in Brazil in 2014 and we have the same ambitions but we have also learned a lot.

“We feel we’ve got a good team and we’re excited about what we can achieve. We’ve got lots of players who play at big clubs in Europe and are used to these kind of matches.

“We’re only thinking one game at a time, going step by step. You can’t start thinking about who you will play next if you win. It’s the same when we asked if we would rather play England or Belgium, you cannot answer because this World Cup is very closely contested. So you just have to stay calm and see what comes.”

Theiris a lot of expectancy in England at the moment despite the narrow defeat by Belgium, but I think that Colombia have just as much reason to feel they have every chance of going though as well. I am definitely looking forward to this one….



  1. Gabie says:

    Ospina is a good keeper but wenger didn’t give him game times and prefer that old man Petc Cech who took us to Europa for two seasons with his childish errors . I actual dont understand why is he still at Arsenal unless he’s loosing his mind . Cech is finished . I would rather have Ospina than Cech . Colombia coach have faith on him & he’s doing well I wish wenger did this to him . He trusted that old man while even his reflexes are gone .

    1. Innit says:

      Enough with that “Old man” crap
      It’s very disrespectful, inaccurate and you can’t judge a player by age. Lots of players in their 30s are/were very good. Judge him by his performance, skills, health not his age
      That goes for any sport or any profession

    2. gotanidea says:

      Cech is taller, bigger and has more experience than Ospina. He is better in the air and his reflex is not bad, but he did not good protection with Mustafi, Koscielny and Xhaka in front of him

      Regarding the topic, I am also looking forward to England vs Colombia. Since Spain is gone, there are only two strong contenders, England and Belgium

      1. Lugdush says:

        Belgium is in the other side, whith brazil, uruguay, france, etc

        1. GunnerJack says:

          All these 3 teams will now no be shivering in their boots knowing that they are NOT strong teams – according to gotnoidea that is.

    3. Sheet Head says:

      I agree with you, Ospina >> Cech.
      I have never liked the ex chavs keeper and he has never really helped us out ???

  2. barryglik says:

    The world cup is such a lottery.
    Italians + Netherlands did not qualify,
    Germans Argies and Spanish are gone.
    Africa failed.
    Logic says we should stop looking for players
    in La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga and
    concentrate our search for white players only in the Russian Super League.
    Any one been scouting Yenisey Krasnoyarsk,
    Anzhi Makhachkala or Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 🙂

    1. GunnerJack says:

      I don’t know the players you mention but thought Golovin was the best player on the pitch yesterday and while Chelsea dither over signing him due to the manager situation there it would be great if we nipped in and got him instead. A straight swap for Ramsey would do very nicely:)
      However, if CSKA Moscow don’t want such a mediocre player as Ramsey then maybe we could bundle Elneney, Iwobi and Welbeck together and add them to the deal. Yippee – we get a young, class player and most of the deadwood are cleared in one fell swoop!

      1. GunnerJack says:

        Sorry, should have been – ‘Golovin was the best player on the pitch AGAIN yesterday’.

      2. gotanidea says:

        Arsenal already have many midfielders and there is another coming

        I prefer to have a new winger instead

        1. GunnerJack says:

          So you keep saying. If you had read, or rather understood, my post you would have realised that if I had my way (highly unlikely) we would have shipped out 2 midfielders, Elneny and Ramsey, while replacing them with just one – Golovin, who is far better than the pair of them.

  3. Innit says:

    He will need to deal with Kane. Not easy

  4. John Ibrahim says:

    There is no way Ospina can handle the world class attack and midfield from England…

    England is very likely to win the World Cup having 3 of the big boys crashing out….Spain, Argentina and Portugal in additional to Germany, Netherlands and Italy….

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Over confidence comes before a fall.

      1. John Ibrahim says:

        Kane alone can destroy any team

    2. Lugdush says:


  5. John Ibrahim says:

    New has reported that Arsenal refused to pay the 7m requested by Mbappe’s representatives to push the deal through….

    What a waste…

    Is it Wenger’s fault again??

  6. Phil says:

    Ospina will feel very confident with the quality of players he has in front of him in the Columbia side.Its a pity his team mates have such a second rate error prone clown in goal.

    1. Sheet Head says:

      Nahh, Ospina >>>> Cech
      If not for Wenger’s confusion and favoritism, we would have won more points with Ospina starting over Cech. Ospina would also be much better now. Ospina must surely hate Wenger ???

      1. Freethinker says:

        Have you even watched Ospina in the Europa League and the two English cups?

        He made at least the same amount of mistakes PER MINUTES PLAYED (sorry for caps, but it’s ridiculous how simple that is to understand) as Cech.

        Not everything was Wenger’s fault, damn it. The manager is not a god. Have you seen a list of Ferguson’s flops?? There’s DOZENS there. Dozens and dozens, the only difference was they were given a year, or max. 2 and then were moved on while we kept (and are still keeping) mediocre talent for at least 3, 4 years. THAT was Wenger’s fault (but also budgetary constraints – for example: we’ve signed extensions to Holding, Chambers, and Xhaka recently. Fergie would ship them all out already. And PLEASE don’t tell me Holding and Chambers are going to win the league for us LOL)

  7. Naija Jollof says:

    Another clean sheet for Ospina I’m sure. The guy is class but AW never rated him.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Seems to me our new manager doesn’t rate him either.

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