Arsenal have announced the signing of Columbian goalkeeper David Ospina from French side Nice in a deal thought to be in the region of £3 million.
Ospina has reportedly signed a four year deal with the Gunners and will put pressure on Wojciech Szczesny and challenge him for the number one spot at the Emirates.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper had an impressive World Cup with Colombia, helping his country to the quarter finals in Brazil with a series of fine displays.
He arrives at Emirates Stadium from French side Nice, where he made 189 Ligue 1 appearances during a six-year spell.
Ospina began his career with Atletico Nacional in Colombia’s Categoria Primera A league, aged just 17. An experienced international, he currently has 49 caps for his country.
Arsène Wenger while speaking to Arsenal’s official website, said of the club’s new signing:
“David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.”
Wenger, meanwhile, spoke about Arsenal’s incoming new goalkeeper, David Ospina, who starred for Colombia at the World Cup finals. The boss’s message however had some rather clear warnings particularly directed at Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper Szczesny.
“At the start, [Wojciech] Szczesny will be the No1 [goalkeeper] then we’ll be down to performances and if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play,”
Wenger’s message to Szczesny seems very clear as it reads that the Frenchman has decided not to give room to any lacklustre performance this new season.