Last night England won a World Cup penalty shootout, which is a sentence that we weren’t sure we were ever going to be able to say. They overcame the odds against a Colombia side who had all the momentum in the world after their last-minute equaliser, with the Three Lions being able to edge their way into the quarter-finals of the tournament in Russia. There, they’ll meet fellow European side Sweden for a place in the semi-finals, but we aren’t here to talk about that.
Instead, we’re here to talk about Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina who did everything in his power to ensure that Colombia would progress into the last eight, and while he was unsuccessful, his efforts still need to be recognised. He managed to pull off a brilliant save in the shootout against Jordan Henderson, which many thought would be the catalyst behind England’s downfall.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Ospina was fairly solid throughout the course of the tournament, and he can go back to the Emirates with his head held high – but you really do have to question where he’s going to end up next. Petr Cech has already stated that he’s going to stay and fight for his place in the wake of Bernd Leno arriving in North London, and Ospina is too good and too valuable to be a third-string goalkeeper.
While the WC is still ongoing for another few weeks yet, Unai Emery shouldn’t wait around to sort out this Ospina situation – and we don’t think he’s going to. It’s painfully obvious that there’s no room for him at the club and most other high-level Premier League clubs, or even other clubs around Europe would probably be interested in taking him on.
He actually managed to guess the right direction of every single penalty, too, further driving home the point that he was fingertips away from going down as a hero in his native country. Still, he should still be viewed in that kind of manner, because very few keepers would’ve even been able to save Henderson’s effort at all.
There are options in goal for Emery and that’s a rarity for Arsenal managers in general, but sometimes, you need to make tough decisions. If Leno hadn’t signed then perhaps it would’ve been different, but as it is, they need to make some big decisions.
Should Arsenal sell Ospina?