David Ospina is apparently fed up with his place on the bench at Arsenal, and is determined to force his way out of the club this summer, according to the Evening Standard.
The Colombian has found himself firmly rooted to the bench this season, with Petr Cech coming in and grabbing a starting spot with both hands – predictably so.
He is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, and after a couple of shocking performances he doesn’t look likely to make any more appearances in the Champions League either. He’s been restricted to the Capital One Cup and FA Cup, with the latter being his only chance for game time now.
He’s clearly not happy with such a bit part role in the side, and has apparently therefore decided on forcing an exit.
On the one hand it’s totally understandable that he’d want to leave, as he really has no hope of displacing Cech. On the other hand, he really has no hope of displacing Cech, so he can’t really feel hard done by. He’s been given ample opportunity to show he has what it takes to succeed at Arsenal, and he hasn’t taken his chances.
The 27-year-old managed to dethrone an out of form Wojciech Szczesny last season, but while solid, he never looked close to world class. With competition like Cech he’d need to be performing at the highest level just to get a look in, and with the displays he’s put in this season he hasn’t got a hope.
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Arsene Wenger has great faith in Ospina, but signing Cech truly was a no-brainer and was not an opportunity he could afford to miss.
“It was a very, very difficult decision for me [to sign Cech] because I rate Ospina highly,” Wenger said.
“Ospina is a keeper who, in my opinion, is underrated, especially in England. But [signing Cech] was maybe one of the few opportunities to say, ‘Okay, this is an obvious [transfer].’ It was more to say, ‘If I don’t do this, it would have been a mistake.’ ”
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It wouldn’t be a shock at all to see him leave the club this summer, and whether we bring Szczesny back to north London or sign someone else, it doesn’t seem like Ospina has a future here. The FA Cup will be his last chance to shine, and hopefully Wenger’s faith in him doesn’t cost us.