Reports have surfaced that Arsenal are set to hold talks with Besiktas over Colombian ‘keeper David Ospina or so Turkish news outlet Takvim claims anyway. Arsenal are believed to be looking for £3.5million for Ospina, but could sell the ‘keeper for less as he seeks first team football elsewhere.
He has been linked with a move to Turkish football before, but it seems he could now actually finally leave north London this summer.
No chance of first team football at Arsenal
The moment that Petr Cech arrived at Arsenal David Ospina’s chances of playing first team football evaporated. The Czech Republic international is still considering one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League, so Ospina stood no chance of seeing much game time in the English top-flight.
The possible return of Poland ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny this summer also means it is almost certainly curtains for Ospina’s Arsenal career.
A decent ‘keeper but never convincing
Ospina has always been a decent ‘keeper, but he was never really going to be world class. Many wondered why he was so highly-rated at Nice, yet nobody had made a move for the 27-year-old. Maybe scouts from other top clubs saw his flaws.
The Colombian number one is a ‘keeper that would look good in a middle of the road team, but will never be good enough for a club like Arsenal who are looking to win the big silverware.
He has made a few very costly mistakes in his Gunners career that have seen fans questioned his ability to be number one in north London. Those errors probably contributed to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recruiting Cech in the first place.
When Cech arrived Ospina had taken over as number one from Szczesny, but there was little faith in the Colombian ever being the Gunners long-term number one.
Arsenal needs two senior ‘keepers
The only concern about Ospina leaving this summer would be that Szczesny may also be moved on again this summer. That would leave Arsenal with just Cech and youngsters Matt Macey and Emiliano Martinez in their keeping department, neither of whom have much experience.
Szczesny has been linked with a return to Roma, while Martinez has enjoyed numerous spells out on loan.
If Szczesny leaves the club then David Ospina will be missed at Arsenal, but he is not quite good enough to hold down the number one shirt and probably too good to be sat on the substitutes bench for another season.
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