Arsenal have reportedly signed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina on a four-year contract, according to reports on Goal.com.
The Gunners have been on the lookout for a new keeper to offer competition to Wojciech Szczesny after Lukasz Fabianski joined Swansea on a free transfer last month and we’ve been linked with a whole host of names in recent weeks, but it seems Ospina will be the man for the job.
The report states that the Colombian stopper has agreed a four-year Arsenal contract and will link up the club after their tour of the United States. The Nice goalkeeper will complete his move from the French outfit worth £3.5 million including add-ons, when he returns from holiday next week.
It further states that the Gunners will have to wait to officially wrap up the deal for the keeper, who performed so impressively during the World Cup. However, there are only the formalities left to be completed after Ospina agreed the terms of a four-year contract worth £60,000-a-week.
The 25 year old has been a key player for Nice. In the two seasons between the 2012 -2014 seasons, Ospina conceded just 50 goals in 55 Ligue 1 games. However, when he was not in the team, the French side conceded 40 goals in 21 league games.
Standing at 6 feet, he is on the short side for a goalkeeper, but is well known for his impressive reflexes and agility between the sticks. His speed, acrobatic and his confidence can certainly bring something to this developing Arsenal side.
Szczesny has performed pretty well and is coming into his own over the past two seasons, but the Poland international was never truly pushed for his spot by either Fabianski or Viviano this past season. Ospina is of the quality that not only can he push the Pole for the number one spot, but there is a very good chance he could make the spot his own.
When you want to compete for trophies, competition for places is always a good thing to have, especially at such a key position like goalkeeper. The signing will give Arsenal another capable shot stopper to call upon in case of injury and it will give Wenger the ability to call on a top class keeper regardless of the importance of the match.
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