David Ospina started for Colombia as they kicked off their Copa America tournament, but the 26-year-old was at fault for Venezuela’s winner in what was another demonstration of his limitations as a top-level goalkeeper.
While talk persists regarding a potential move for Petr Cech (via Sky Sports), Ospina is doing very little to convince Arsene Wenger that he can establish himself as a dominant No.1 for us as we aim to launch a serious title challenge.
Ospina came under severe criticism from Gary Neville for his role in the goal we conceded against Swansea City in May, with the Sky Sports pundit questioning the positioning and subsequent decision making of our current first choice goalkeeper (via Sky Sports).
Since then, the spotlight has been firmly fixated on the former Nice man and his deficiencies have become rather evident. Ospina tends to position himself too close to the near post when preparing to defend a cross which makes it difficult for him to scamper across the goal line to save a potential attempt on goal.
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This can be put down to his height, but the similarity between the goals he conceded against Swansea City, Manchester United and Venezuela should give Arsene Wenger huge cause for concern.
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We haven’t even mentioned his baffling decision to engage himself in an aerial battle against West Brom’s defenders during our final game of last season, either…
If we’re to challenge for the Premier League next season, we must address the goalkeeping conundrum at the club and with Cech reportedly available this summer, his potential arrival would prove to be hugely significant.
The man between the sticks for the last three Premier League winning sides reads an impressive list: David de Gea, Joe Hart, Thibaut Courtois.
Ospina doesn’t belong in that company. Cech certainly does.