The clearout begins – Arsenal star set for medical next week

There has been much talk of Arsene Wenger making an overhaul of his ‘heavy’ Arsenal squad, and there have been rumours of up to 9 players leaving the Emirates this summer. One of those is David Ospina, who has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce for some time as he has had enough of being the permanent understudy to Petr Cech. It now looks like he will be the first Gunner to depart the club this summer.

When the link with the Turkish side was first revealed back in April, the Colombian keeper famously was quoted as saying: “Istanbul may be a new adventure and motivation for me. If my club are persuaded, it’s okay for me,”

Now it is being reported that Arsenal have come to an agreement with the Turkish giants, and Ospina will put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract with Fenerbahce. And when he returns to London from international duty with the Colombian national side, he will then apparently fly out to Istanbul to undergo his medical next week.

This is all well and good for Ospina, but then the question must be asked as to who will be the backup to Cech next season. The obvious solution is to recall the much-improved Wojciech Szczesny from Roma, although the Pole is also unlikely to be happy to return to the bench after two successful seasons in Serie A. It could be that Wenger may also cash in on Szczesny, and then we will be left with Emiliano Martinez as backup, and that is not such a bad thing is it?



  1. So martinez and macey as our 2nd and 3rd keeper along with 34 year old cech as no. 1. Okay not really that bad of situation, maybe one of our young keepers can shine this season to cement a top spot because I dont see cech continuing as long as buffon. So if martinez or macey cant step it up, even though I hope they do, we may have to solve this position for a long term in the near future

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  3. I would have thought that Ospina was worth a little more than 3 million euros? Never mind hey, when reports are suggesting that Arsenal have put a £35 million price tag on Bellerin’s head ??it must be the hairstyle that dropped his value down.? ? wtf!

    Anyways, Martinez didn’t do a bad job when called upon but rumours suggest we’re in for Pickford.

    1. How can Sunderland demand £30 millions for a keeper when just got relegated? Don’t they usually have release clauses in case the team gets relegated?

      1. It’s beyond jokes, mate.
        Especially when we’re selling our players for peanuts, now clubs are telling Arsenal to drop Gibbs’s valuation down from £15 million lol ?

    2. 35 Million for Bellerin? That’s way too low. Why do we always sell our players so cheap?

    3. Arsenal are the dumbest club in the transfer market. Bellend should cost at least fifty million pounds. If they give him away for less than fifty mill, I hope someone hangs.

  4. Awwww. I for one is gonna miss Ospina. His reflex is quite good which makes up for the lack of height for a goal keeper. I wish him all the best.

  5. Henry?… “Onye-Bike-Kuru” ??

    Sky Sports are reporting that West Ham have emerged as favourites to sign the Nigerian despite earlier reports claiming he was joining Arsenal.

    It’s believed the forward will fly to England next week for talks with interested clubs. Arsenal, Swansea, West Ham and several other Premier League side are interested in Onyekuru, who scored 24 times last season for newly promoted Belgian outfit KAS Eupen.

    The 19-year-old is a huge Arsenal fan and recently gave an interview saying how pleased he was by Arsenal’s interest. He even admitted that he talked with Alex Iwobi about the club.

    Earlier reports stated that Arsenal had agreed a £6.8m fee for Onyekuru. However, Sky Sports now claim that the player has a £7.85m release clause just for English clubs, and a £6.8m clause

    1. Another one for Wenger to add to his ‘almost signed’ list

      The specialist in failure strikes again


  6. More than happy to cash in on Ospina and Szczesny, I have nothing against either of them but the transfer fee and wages can be put to much better use elsewhere in the team.

    Martinez looks like a very solid number 2 and will probably be happy playing understudy to Cech this season. I am still confident Cech will be a top keeper for us this season, then we can start looking for a new number 1 next summer!!

    1. We have now cleared Ospina’s £45k a week as well as Sanogo’s £30k a week from the wage bill, quite a good start but still plenty to go…

      Still to clear:
      Gibbs £60k per week
      Jenkinson £45k per week
      Debuchy £70k per week
      Perez £70k per week

      Total saving of £320k per week and there could still be a few more added to that list…

  7. o m g all this transfer talk is doing my head in,,,, instead of splashing out on players you know how they going to adapt,,, Why dont you up Sanchez wages,,, AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT WE GOT,,,,,, Add another Striker YES,,, RAFINHA,, TURAN,, LACOSETTE,,COSTA he,s
    Available now,,,,

  8. Pickford will be available. He’ll get all the EL,FA cup and League cup games, which is not bad. And it will almost equal the play time he had at Sunderland, especially since we’re more likely to see out the cups to a much further point than Sunderland ever could.

  9. I liked Ospina and am sorry to see him go. How many more years does Petr have in him?

  10. i cant understand how a number 1 keeper in his country accepts being a bench warmer ! its only logical that he moves to another club. Especially that there was no rotation between keepers in the league. the number 1 keeper should always be a top keeper and the sub should be from the reserves or youth ream. those will gladly accept sitting on the bench for the occasional chance of playing. additionally, they will get better by interacting with the number 1 keeper.
    best of luck ospina……

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