There may not be as many trophies in the Emirates trophy room as there used to be at Highbury, but no one walks through the corridors of that beautiful infrastructure without recognizing how massive an honour it is to be playing for Arsenal Football Club.
Certainly not the red-hot, in-form, David Ospina. The 26-year old has spent just a mere seven months as an Arsenal player following his arrival from Nice last summer and after weathering the storm of early injuries that has kept him out for much of the first half of the season, the World Cup star has got into full gear with his Gunners’ career, something he has chosen lofty words to describe.
“I always watched the Premier League when I was in Colombia because that was one of the leagues they showed on television,” Ospina said to Arsenal player.
“I see it as a big responsibility to come to a great club like Arsenal – it’s a dream come true. Now it’s my job to make the most of this opportunity that’s come my way, thanks to God and thanks to everyone here at the club.”
The first Colombian to ever don the red-and-white of Arsenal, there is no understating the level of pride the father of two girls must be feeling, having come from a line of goal keeping greats in Colombia, including trickstar Rene Higuita and Faryd Mondgragon, the World Cup’s oldest ever player. Ospina’s first full month of duty as an Arsenal player has seen him ranked in the minds of many fans as the Number 1 goalkeeper going into the next month of action, but he remains respectful of his colleagues in goal.
“At Arsenal we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez. The Premier League has always had top-quality goalkeepers.”
Ospina may get his first taste of the North London derby when Arsenal visit White Hart Lane on Sautrday but Wenger has made it clear that there remains a battle between all three of his goalkeeper choices to be first choice. The derby will see him make one appearance more than Emiliano Martinez for this season, with Szczesny’s 25 appearances giving him the appearance of the designated Number 1.
“Wojciech is the No.1 but David has played recently. Can he retain the shirt in the coming games? We’ll decide that.” Wenger said
“I don’t forget Emiliano Martinez either, who I rate highly. We have three top goalkeepers and the fight for who starts is going on.”
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