The 25 year old has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer and reports earlier in the week claimed that we had agreed a £3.5 million deal with Nice.
It was also suggested that Arsenal have offered the keeper a four-year contract worth £60,000-a-week and he would undergo a medical after his returns from holiday next week.
Wenger has now admitted Ospina is heading to Arsenal this summer and although he will begin the season as back-up for Szczesny, he will take the first team jersey if he proves he deserves it.
He told reporters:
You know at the start Szczensy will be the No. 1, then again we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play.
The youngster played in each game of Colombia’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Brazil and he impressed with his excellent shot stopping throughout the tournament.
He made over 170 appearances for Nice during a six-year stint at the Ligue 1 club and kept 13 clean sheets last season. His efforts helped his team avoid relegation on the final day of last season.
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He stands at 6 feet, which is on the short side for a goalkeeper, but is well known for his impressive reflexes and agility between the sticks. His speed, acrobatic and his confidence can certainly bring something to this developing Arsenal side.
Ospina has the talent and the form to provide Szczesny with a challenge that should see both keepers improve in the long run. Rivalry between them can only be a good thing for Arsenal, as history suggests that competition tends to bring the best out of the Pole.
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