Arsenal have announced that they agreed a deal to sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice. The 25-year-old will reportedly arrive at a cost of £3.2 million and has signed a long-term contract.
Arsenal were in the market for another goalkeeper following the departure of FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski and the expiration of Emiliano Viviano’s loan spell, and Ospina is the player recruited to challenge incumbent Wojciech Szczesny.
Ospina, like several other ‘keepers, was able to perform to distinction at the World Cup as his country reached the quarter-final of the competition, where they lost to hosts Brazil. His reward is a transfer to the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger, speaking on Arsenal’s pre-season trip to the USA, confirmed that Szczesny will remain his No.1 for the time begin, although Ospina will replace the Pole should he prove himself more competent over the course of the season.
"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 Arsenal manager told reporters.
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Ospina had been on Arsenal’s radar some time before his performances at the World Cup, with the 25-year-old having risen to prominence in Ligue 1 as the long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris after the France captain left Nice for Lyon six years ago.
He becomes the fourth third signing for Arsenal during this summer transfer window, with Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy having already arrived at the Emirates Stadium.