We’ve known for quite some time that David Ospina was unhappy with his position at Arsenal, and having lost his place to summer signing Petr Cech this season he has been linked with a move away from the club (via the Daily Star).
The Star’s report cites Turkish publication Fanatik, who claim Ospina is looking to force his way out of the club in January, with his position becoming untenable. The report goes on to suggest that Besiktas are the club most likely to sign him, with the club already “on the verge” of agreeing a loan deal for the shot-stopper.
The Turkish club apparently made contact with the Colombian keeper’s agent, and are looking to lure him away on loan initially, with an option to buy included.
The 27-year-old was solid last season, but there is no question who is the better keeper when stacked up against Petr Cech. He’s looked poor when given the chance this season, and has understandably seen his opportunities restricted since his disastrous displays in the Champions League.
Letting the South American star leave wouldn’t be a bad idea, as it’s hard to see him having a long term future at the club – especially with Wojciech Szczesny currently on loan with AS Roma. January is not likely to be a good time to do so however, as we’d be left very short in the keeping department.
With Szczesny and Damien Martinez both out on loan, we’d essentially be left with just Matt Macey to deputise for Petr Cech; and if the worst were to happen and the Czech international suffered an injury, we’d be in serious trouble.
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It would be incredibly risky to let Ospina go in January, although if his recent performances are anything to go by then it would be a huge risk to rely on him in goal this season too.