Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has revealed that Arsene Wenger told him that he would start the season as Wojciech Szczesny's back-up between the sticks at the Emirates.
Speaking to The Guardian, the Colombian international, who moved to north London from French club Nice this past summer, has insisted that Wenger was clear about his role, but the player was determined to show his new club what he could do.
Ospina, of course, recently moved ahead of Szczesny in the pecking order at the club after the Polish international failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis.
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There's no doubt about it, despite being involved in the club's Champions League, Ospina has proved his credentials at the club of late, with the north London outfit in fine form in the Premier League.
However, Wenger made the 'keeper aware that he would start as No.2, as Ospina told The Guardian: “When I signed, he was very clear on that with me. But in my mind I was coming to Arsenal and I wanted to show what I could do.”
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As well as discussing his debut season on English soil, Ospina has also admitted that he was pleased with how the World Cup went, insisting that his teammates were very proud despite going out in the quarter-final to Brazil.
Ospina continued by saying: “Who is James Rodríguez? Who is he? We were very pleased with how the World Cup went but, at the same time, with the players we had, we felt we could have gone that bit further.
"It was frustrating to lose to Brazil. But, of course, we were proud and, obviously, happy with all the doors that opened for us afterwards.”
For now, though, the goalkeeper will be fully concentrated on his club, and with Arsenal set to go head-to-head with Newcastle United tomorrow, Ospina will no doubt be hoping for another clean sheet as his side go in search of claiming a place in next year's Champions League.
Deserves his place
There's no doubt about it, after Szczesny's problems throughout the course of the season, Ospina certainly deserves his place between the sticks in north London.
Up until now, the shot-stopper has enjoyed a steady run in the side as he continues to get to grips with the English game.
Szczesny was rightly taken out of the limelight after his poor form, so Ospina should at least keep his place in the side for the remainder of the season. In the next campaign, however, the duo may well start from scratch.
Arsenal fans: Is Ospina deserving of his place in the starting XI? Have your say in the comments section below!
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