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.
Patrick van Aanholt has said that he wants to prove that he is capable of performing in the Premier League after leaving Chelsea to join Gus Poyet’s Sunderland, as reported by Goal.com.
The former Chelsea man has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Vitesse, and he is now chomping at the bit to show the Premier League what it is he can do after receiving very few opportunities at Chelsea.
His time at Stamford Bridge was not particularly productive, as five years saw him make just two Premier League appearances for the Blues.
He spent significant time out on loan at other clubs, with spells at Coventry City, Newcastle, Wigan and Leicester City. Van Aanholt’s most consistent time at a club was with Vitesse in the Eredivisie, where he spent the better part of three seasons.
The 23-year-old’s move to Sunderland was confirmed on Friday, and he is looking forward to an opportunity to really prove his worth.
He said: “I thought about it for a second and said: ‘Yes, I would love to come to Sunderland.
“It’s a great club and a great opportunity for me to play in the Premier League.
“It’s a good opportunity for me after two-and-a-half years in Holland and a couple more loans in the Championship.
“I want to prove myself in the Premier League so everyone can see what kind of player I am and what I’m capable of doing.
“I had a couple more offers from different coaches but I said no I want to stay in the Premier League.”
Tom Cleverley has thrown his support behind new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, stating that he believes that he is the new manager’s sort of player, as reported by Goal.com.
The midfielder has struggled to impose himself at Man Utd since returning from a loan spell at Wigan Athletic. He has regularly been pointed to as symbolic of the Old Trafford club’s struggles to build a quality midfield in recent seasons.
Cleverley made 22 appearances in the Premier League last year, but with the Manchester side struggling in the Premier League under David Moyes, Cleverley also failed to impress.
He has, however, belief that he can do well under the now former Netherlands manager, and has pointed to Van Gaal’s side’s style at the World Cup as a symbol of how he can achieve.
Cleverley said: “I watched the manager’s Holland team in the World Cup and from that I think I’m going to be his type of player.
“I have to show that in training and, most importantly, games. I think there’s a place for me but I have to prove it.”
Manchester United won their second pre-season game of the summer against Roma last night, beating them 3-2. Cleverley was named captain in that match.