Summer signing David Ospina says he has successfully adjusted to life in London and at Arsenal. The Colombian goalkeeper, who was a summer signing by Wenger, was sidelined for the first few games of the season with a thigh injury that he picked up during the World Cup. However, he is now fit and raring to go, according to his interview.
The 26 year old made 189 appearances for French club Nice over five seasons before being purchased by Wenger for £3 million. The reason he became so popular was a stand-out performance in the World Cup. The Colombian national team defied all expectations, and despite being without the dangerous forward Radamel Falcao, still reached the latter stages of the tournament with a series of strong performances. The match against Argentina, where Ospina turned in a man of the match performance, was the defining moment of the keeper’s career.
Ospina returned to the squad for Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City last weekend and was on the bench in Dortmund on Tuesday too.
I feel very well and already settled. At Arsenal you can really focus on your job since the club provides you with anything you may need. Once settled, I am trying to make the most of this opportunity I’ve been given.
London is great. It’s a beautiful enjoyable city in which there are many things to do. Besides, there are very good schools, which is a positive thing for my daughter. Living in London is a nice challenge for both my career and life.
It helps a lot having Spanish-speaking team-mates. I remember that during my spell in Nice no one was able to speak Spanish with me. That made things a bit more difficult for me. I am glad I have Spanish-speaking footballers around.
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Physically I feel strong and one hundred per cent recovered. I was injured when I arrived to the team and that’s not an ideal situation. Injuries don’t help at all when you are trying to settle in, but thank God now I am in a good condition.
It bodes well for the team that our second goalkeeper is fit to go. Not only does it provide cover in case of any injury to Szczesny, it means there will be more competition for the goalkeeper slot now. That can only help improve the performances of the team as a whole.