The 25 year old has become one of the most coveted goalkeepers in Europe after a string of impressive performances at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and will now compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the No.1 spot.
The shot-stopper has moved for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £3.2 million and has put pen to paper on a long-term contract.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website on the signing, Wenger said:
David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.
Ospina is expected to make his first Arsenal appearance at the Emirates Cup, which takes place at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3.
The Colombian goalkeeper has been impressive in the last 12 months and has racked up some decent experience, managing 44 caps for his country and 177 games for Nice.
He stands at 6 feet, which 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. He has the talent and the form to provide Szczesny with a challenge that should see both keepers improve in the long run.
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