David Ospina prepared to fight for number one role with Petr Cech
Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina has insisted that he will fight for his future with the north London club thus putting an end to rumours linking him with an Emirates exit.
The 28-year-old has been linked with several clubs this summer with Turkish pair Fenerbahce, and Besiktas said to have made contact with his representatives.
Ospina was largely a bench warmer during the 2016/17 Premier League season with Petr Cech being Arsene Wenger’s preferred choice for the number one role. While Cech has made a couple of blunders during his short Gunners career, Ospina also has his due share which has led to questions over his ability in between the sticks.
Despite this, Ospina has confirmed that he wants to continue plying his trade for the FA Cup holders while winning his position over current regular Cech, he said: “I have a contract here, I’m happy and I’m going to fight to the end, I want to continue and win a job. That’s what I’m working for, I’ve been working for three years and now I’m waiting for the opportunity.”
Wojciech Szczesny was initially predicted to play second fiddle to Cech with Ospina eyeing a move elsewhere. However, the Pole sealed his switch to Juventus earlier in the summer, leaving the Gunners in a desperate state to keep hold of Ospina.
Wenger had previously admitted that he has three world-class goalkeepers in his ranks including Emiliano Martinez, but the Argentine has not quite experienced regular first-team football despite approaching his 25th birthday.
The Gunners’ third-choice shot-stopper is expected to seek playing time during the upcoming season, and he could be loaned to Valencia, who are among the main suitors for his signature this summer. Ospina was preferred ahead of Petr Cech for the FA Cup final last season, but it could be the exact opposite this weekend when the Gunners host Chelsea in the Community Shield.