David Ospina is apparently decided on an Arsenal exit this summer, with Wojciech Szczesny set to return and deputise for Petr Cech instead, as reported by the Mirror.
The Pole has apparently opted against a permanent switch to Roma – where he’s currently on loan – and hopes to return to Arsenal to continue fighting for his place. He will obviously be playing second fiddle to Cech, but won’t have Ospina to contend with if the reports are to be believed.
The Colombian is fed up of life on the bench at Arsenal, and is looking for a move away from the Emirates as soon as possible. He wrestled a starting spot off Szczesny last season, but was understandably relegated to the bench once Cech arrived.
How he can expect anything else is a mystery, as while he was okay during his debut season, he’s not even close to the level of the Czech international. Even when given a chance this season he’s repeatedly failed to impress, and he was a large part of the reason we struggled so badly to get out of our Champions League group.
Many Arsenal fans would say Szczesny is the better keeper anyway, and at the very least has more potential. Szczesny’s shortcomings are mostly mental – lapses in concentration, poor judgement, and reckless moves – and are all things that can hopefully be improved with experience.
Ospina on the other hand, seems to have reached his peak, and most of his flaws are physical. He’s short for a keeper, isn’t necessarily the best pure shot-stopper, and consistently fumbles balls he really should be holding onto.
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Szczesny could learn a lot from Cech, and if he’s willing to be patient and wait for his chance then he could still blossom into a top quality keeper.
What do you think Gooners, will you be pleased to see the back of Ospina and the return of Szczesny?