Arsene Wenger has praised David Ospina for settling into his Arsenal side so quickly, but also warned that he is not his permanent number one goalkeeper just yet.
The 26-year old stopper, who signed in the summer in a £3 million deal from French side Nice after impressive displays for Colombia in the World Cup, suffered from injury problems which hampered his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.
However, since Wojciech Szczesny was caught smoking in the team showers after Arsenal’s New Years Day loss to Southampton Wenger has opted for the South American stopper, who has repaid this faith with four consecutive clean sheets for the Gunners.
Despite this, Wenger insists that Szczesny should still be considered his number one, for the time being anyway.
Szczesny is still top dog for the time being
Speaking to the Evening Standard about his goalkeeping options Wenger said: “David Ospina has had some time to settle because he was injured when he arrived here. During that time we could see his dedication, his focus and his quality.
“He’s in a fight with Wojciech Szczesny to start at the moment. Wojciech is the No1 but David has played recently. Can he retain the shirt in the coming games? We’ll decide that.
“The first signs that David has shown are positive but it is not done. Every game is now important for him.”
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Who will be Arsenal's long-term number one?
Arsenal fans, who would you like to see as your permanent number one? Has four successive clean sheets been enough to give you faith in Ospina moving forward, or will Szczesny use this time on the sidelines to realise his level of performance has to improve?
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