David Ospina could be on his way out of Arsenal this January, with the Colombian shot-stopper notoriously unhappy with his lack of first team football at the club.
The 27-year-old lost his starting spot to Petr Cech this season after displacing Wojciech Szczesny early in 2015. He was handed a number of starts in cup competitions in the early stages of the 2015/16 campaign, but several seriously poor performances saw him dropped completely in favour of the experienced Czech international.
It has now been quite some time since he made an appearance for Arsenal, with our FA Cup clash with Sunderland this past Saturday potentially the last straw.
The former Nice keeper didn’t even make the bench for the game, with reports circulating that he had suffered a minor groin injury and was unable to take part.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 9, 2016
While this is purely speculation on our part, the injury to Ospina seems a little too convenient. Feigning injury is a tactic often used when a player is involved in transfer negotiations, and that may well be the case here. He’s been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club (via the Metro), and if a deal is on the cards then he might not be in the right frame of mind to turn out for Arsenal.
It’s hard to see Ospina having any real future at the club, regardless of recent comments made by Arsene Wenger to the contrary (via Sky Sports). The Frenchman seems convinced that “world class” Ospina can carve a future for himself at the Emirates, but he’s never going to displace Cech, and doesn’t appear to be satisfied with a permanent spot on the bench.
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His performances this season mean there wouldn’t be too many Arsenal fans who would be upset to see him go, but whether he’s actually headed for the exit, only time will tell.