Arsenal’s summer signing David Ospina has revealed that he started his career as a striker but circumstances meant he ended up as a goalkeeper. The Colombian also discussed about his move from Nice and his country’s spectacular showing at the World Cup.
The Colombian was signed from French club Nice in the summer for £3 million after Lukasz Fabianski left for Swansea. He was one of Arsenal’s five summer signings.
Ospina also revealed that he began his career as a striker but ended up as a goalkeeper. His only start this season was in the league cup defeat to Southampton, and he also featured in the Champions league once when he came on as a second half substitute in the match against Galatasaray after Szczesny was sent off. Ospina is currently injured*
Ospina told arsenal.com
No. I started out as a striker scoring goals. But as fate would have it, we were missing our goalkeeper for one match and I asked the coach to be in goal.I wanted to try to see how it worked. Since then I showed my skills. I enjoyed it, that was when everything started for me so I stayed in goal
The former Nice man also spoke about his country’s fantastic showing at the World Cup that saw the Colombian side reach the quarter finals.
It was something very important for us, also for the national team itself and for our country. The whole of Colombia supported the team. We wanted to display a good performance at the World Cup. Fortunately, and thanks to God, we did. Of course we wanted more as players and as a team. But we did perform well at the World Cup and we left a good basis for the future. It was amazing. Wearing the shirt of the national team made us feel so proud. Also helping to provide with happiness to Colombia. For us, the players, that´s the most valuable thing.
Ospina admitted that he had to be patient after getting to know that Arsenal were interested in him and said that the negotiations between clubs is a long process.
Just after the World Cup my agent told me about this interest of Arsenal. But you know that in these football negotiations you have to be patient until the clubs agree and the move is finally sealed. Fortunately in the end it worked out for everyone and this great opportunity was such great news for me. So I´ll try to make the most of it. I was so happy to arrive in one of the best clubs in the world. So from now on every bit of me will give its best at training so I can make the most of my chance once it comes.
While we greatly appreciate David for his successful transformation from a forward to a goalkeeper, we slightly regret that he didn’t become a central defender. *However we suspect that he is in a secret training mission in Polynesia undergoing a facial transformation and learning the nuances of becoming a central defender so that he could be revealed as a new signing come January. We could certainly use one.