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Arsene Wenger is desperate to keep Colombian international David Ospina at the club, according to reports.
The Colombian goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from the Emirates since losing the first team berth to Petr Cech but Wenger is reluctant to sanction the sale of the goalkeeper.
According to ESPN, a club source has revealed that Wenger wants to keep the goalie at the club and the French tactician believes he can provide solid competition to Petr Cech.
In January, Wenger hailed Ospina as world class and revealed his intentions to keep the goalkeeper. It appears that hasn’t changed as he is determined to keep the goalie at the club.
“I personally think he is world-class,” Wenger said in January.
“I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no. It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina.
“I was very happy with Ospina. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision to sign Cech, but I rate him highly. We are lucky because he has a top attitude, very intelligent, very brave, very quick. The difference with Cech is that he has less experience and his size. Cech is so tall that when he stretches he covers more surface.
“When you have two good players you have always a chance to make the right decision. I think Ospina can be the goalkeeper of the future here as well. With Petr Cech getting older, David may get more games as well.
Arsenal have already rejected a bid from Besiktas for the goalkeeper this summer. He is currently in the squad that travelled to California for the preseason on Monday and Wenger would be hoping to rely on him next season.