Arsenal’s summer signing David Ospina has said that he is “learning all the time”, after making his Arsenal debut at The Emirates last night in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton.
The Colombian goalkeeper, who joined Arsenal from Nice for a fee rumoured to be around £3 million in the summer, enjoyed his first outing for Arsenal, and despite the defeat was delighted by the warm welcome he received from the Arsenal faithful.
Ospina was not at fault for either of the two Southampton goals, and could only marvel at Nathaniel Clyne’s brilliant strike which condemned Arsenal to an early exit from the Capital One Cup.
Ospina, who has represented his country on 48 occasions, told Arsenal’s Official website:
I’m really happy to make my debut and play my first game with Arsenal. Unfortunately we didn’t win and the result went against us but I just want to keep working. I’m really tranquil because I did my best.
The second [Southampton goal] was superb and Clyne is a really skilful player. There were a lot of people in the box and when I saw the ball, it moved and I didn’t have time to react.
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We would liked to have kept going in the cup. It was one of our aims and the result was not very good for us. Everyone was sad afterwards because we want to win more titles for Arsenal but I will keep working.
I felt really happy when I went onto the pitch because people were supporting me a lot. I’m learning all the time. The style in England is different because they play really quickly and with a lot of aerial balls.
Little by little, I’m learning English too. I’m taking classes and some of my team-mates speak French. There is a mix of languages spoken so little by little, I understand them better.
The fine form of Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny has kept the Colombian international out of the side to date, but as he becomes more acclimatized to English football, the 26-year-old will be looking to push for the number one spot.
Clearly Ospina is learning on a day-to-day basis, and the Colombian not only has to adapt to a different brand of football, but also to a different type of lifestyle as he settles in at Arsenal.
The 26-year-old will now be looking to build on his debut, and will be hoping that more first-team opportunities come his way over the following weeks.
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