Summer signing David Ospina is not the tallest of shot-stoppers, and the Colombian has revealed that he sometimes feels intimidated by the height of the opposition, as reported by the Express.
Standing at 184cm (6’½”), you wouldn’t consider him short. When compared to the likes of Manchester United’s David de Gea (192cm), Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois (199cm), and even fellow Gunner Wojciech Szczesny (196cm) however, he is practically a dwarf.
Ospina has been solid since taking the No.1 spot from his Polish teammate in January, and has put in a number of fantastic performances. He still admits to feeling intimidated however, and claims he feels extra pressure due to his relatively small stature.
“When I am in the tunnel and I see the opposition goalkeeper… I am forced to raise my head,” he said.
“In England, they are all two heads taller than me!
“They are 1.90m, maybe more! Courtois, De Gea, [Joe] Hart… You laugh but really it puts a little pressure on.
“Even Hugo (Lloris) is supposed to be small but he is how tall? 1.87m, 1.88m? The smallest one is me! 1.84m.”
Height is obviously an important factor for a goalkeeper, but it is something that can be largely made up for with leaping ability – something Ospina certainly has.
Despite his height, the former Ligue 1 star has shown that he can be commanding in the air. He hasn’t been unflappable this season, but he has certainly done enough to show that – for now at least – he deserves to be our No.1.