Confirmed: Arsenal Snap Up World Cup Hero

Arsenal have today confirmed the signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina on a long-term deal, as reported by the BBC.

Ospina was a genuine World Cup hero this summer, aiding in his side’s spectacular efforts which saw them reach the quarter-finals in the tournament, only to be eliminated on penalties by the hosts Brazil. Ospina was one of two stars in the side, along with new Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez.

The Colombian keeper signed for French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2008 and played 177 games for them, replacing Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in the process. He had previously played for Atletico National, becoming their starting goalkeeper in the Colombian league at the age of only 17, making 97 appearances for them.

Arsene Wenger said: “David is an excellent goalkeeper. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.

“He has good experience and a proven record of performing.”

Arsenal manager Wenger has implied in the past that Ospina, who will probably begin his pre-season at the Emirates Cup tournament, may end up becoming Arsenal’s main goalkeeper, with questions remaining over Wojciech Szczesny’s ability and concentration levels.


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