Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina saves a goal shot by Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
It’s becoming like a big cancer that just keeps exuding all sorts of pus, growing larger by the hour, defying all medical innovation. It’s the Arsenal Injury Disaster Series (not AIDS), and it’s getting worse by each occurrence, with Ospina the latest on the verge of being hit by the eternal epidemic.
In all the publicity and shock of Ozil’s announced knee injury, which will keep him out of any action both for club and country till 2015, the news that Arsenal first choice back-up goalkeeper David Ospina is set to undergo tests on his thigh to diagnose a recurring problem comes as another shocker for Arsenal fans. The Colombian goalkeeper had been in Jose Pekerman’s squad for a friendly matches against USA and Canada but will now have to return to London for proper assessment.
The shot-stopper had arrived the Emirates this summer with the concern in his thigh, which made him unavailable for selection for much of the kick-off games of the season, making the bench for the first time away to Leicester. He has made two appearances so far, in the League Cup defeat at home to Southampton and as a substitute against Galatasaray following Wojciech Szczenzny’s second half red card.
This last statement will be the main cause of worry to Wenger and all Gooners as Ospina was set to replace Woj in goal for the trip to Anderlecht on MatchDay 3 of the UEFA Champions League due to the Number 1’s suspension.
The examination to be done on Ospina will keep us all on the edge of our seats as any inconsistency in his thigh would be real banter. Not that we wouldn’t have any other to call on to stand-in between the sticks for the Champions League game in Damian Martinez, but questions will be raised over the details of Ospina’s medical prior to his move from Nice after the World Cup.
Gooners are no strangers to having injured players signed to play, the Kallstöm example in January still the stuff of humour and rancour. Wenger’s decision to take the Colombian over the likes of Keylor Navas and Guilerhmo Ochoa will be under the blue light, despite Ospina’s obvious stellar campaign at Brasil. Though ludicrous the accusations, you just won’t rule an possibility out with humans.
More serious, though, is the spate of injury occurrences in the team. Koscileny has had to return from the French team to be properly assessed, while Debuchy, Giroud and Ramsey are no way close to helping the team from now till December. We just hope Ospina passes the tests, so we don’t have a failed season.
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