After a massive cleansing of the goalkeeping department, which saw the likes of Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone leave the club, with the gunners left with only one senior goalkeeper in Wojciech Szczesny, which is a feat the Polish 24-year-old should be proud of; as the shot stopper climbed through the ranks from the youth team and ousted his seniors to claim the No.1 jersey.
Although Szczesny is quite impressive and reliable when behind a solid defence, he sometimes makes silly mistakes as it was seen last season when about 3 of his clearances were blocked by the opposition strikers, and this could be down to complacency. In order to curb this lackadaisical show, Arsenal has to bring a worthy competition to vie for his place.
All through the transfer period, we have been linked to David Ospina, and it was reported recently that Arsenal made an offer believed to be in the region of £3.1 million. however reports now have it that Spanish outfit – Valencia are out to spoil the party.
And If Arsenal don’t act swift, this safe hands may slip out of their grasp, and here are some reasons why Arsenal shouldn’t allow this rare gem go elsewhere:
Wealth Of Experience
1. At a relative young age for a goalkeeper, the 25-year-old, just like Szczesny is the 1st choice goalkeeper for both club and country. and conceded the least number of goals when compared with his South American counterparts during the World Cup qualifiers. He started all 5 games for his country at the 2014 World Cup.
Although the Columbian hasn’t featured in the champions league yet, but he has the edge over Szczesny since the latter is yet to feature at the World Cup stage.
Not every time do you see a first choice goalkeeper available in the transfer market. And when available, you would have to cough out some double figured millions in order to acquire their services. However, this player is available on the cheap (£3 million) due to his refusal to extend his current contract, which expires by the end of the 2013/2014 season.
It would be good bargain for Arsenal If Ospina could be signed at that amount.
3. Iron Sharpens Iron
Competition brings out the best in players. With David Ospina in the team, Szczesny would have in mind that a worthy replacement is right there at bench waiting to take his place and this could bring out the best from the pair.
4. Statistically Better
Szczesny made 37 appearances in the league keeping 16 clean sheets against David Ospina’s 12 clean sheets in 28 league appearances. However Szczesny’s superiority ends there because according to squawka, David made an average of 2.79 saves per game which betters Szczesny’s 2.05 saves.
Also Szczesny conceded an average of 2.05 goals per game against David’s 0.89 goals per game and has 98% claim success, which is 2% better than Szczesny’s.
5. Columbian- clique
It would be fun to have him in our team because Arsenal need to tap into the Columbian reserve. as we saw in the world cup, they have quite a handful of stars there and who knows he might be instrumental in bringing Arsenal long target – Jackson Martinez or even James Rodriguez (dreaming now) to the Arsenal sometime in the future.