David Ospina has confirmed his agent is holding talks with Fenerbahce over a possible summer transfer to Turkey but refused to be drawn into gossip surrounding his potentially imminent exit from Arsenal.
The Colombia goalkeeper, currently competing for his national team in the Copa America, has reportedly told Turkish newspaper Sabah that Fenerbahce are dealing with his agent, indicating that there is truth to the rumours that suggest he might leave north London after just a year at the Emirates Stadium.
Ospina's future uncertain
Before being dragged into revealing anything big either way though Ospina told how he wouldn’t discuss his future whilst Colombia remain in the Copa America, claiming it would be an act of betrayal to his teammates.
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"They are dealing with my agent. At the moment, the only thoughts I have are for Colombia... I will not betray my team," he said.
"I'm not in a position to think about a transfer. If I do that I would betray my teammates. Total concentration on the national team."
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Sympathy is needed
One has to feel for Ospina when it’s considered that he hasn’t really done anything but succeed at Arsenal since his move from Ligue 1 last summer.
Consistently glowing performances during the World Cup in Brazil, where Colombia were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by the hosts, led Arsene Wenger to believe he was good enough for the Premier League, and by all accounts he hasn’t exactly failed the Frenchman.
On the contrary he was able to oust Wojciech Szczesny from the number one berth at the Emirates Stadium - albeit with a large helping from the Polish stopper’s own woeful form - and that somewhat coincided with an upturn in performances from the Gunners that saw them boast a very good record in the second-half of the season.
The looming threat
However, there is a looming issue facing both Ospina and Szczesny in the form of Chelsea’s Petr Cech. The veteran Premier League star has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal of late and if he arrives it can be safely assumed it won’t be to sit on the bench.
No, Wenger’s interest in the Czech international must surely derive from the fact that he isn’t overly confident either of the two men currently at his disposal are capable of acting as his number one as he bids to win the Premier League. What’s more feasible is that one of the two will serve as Cech’s understudy, with the other taking his leave.
Ospina over Szczesny
Since it’s Ospina’s agent who is actively in talks over a possible move away then it’s he who is looking the more likely to seek pastures new rather than play second-fiddle to the second goalkeeper Arsenal will buy in two years.
Nothing is concrete as of yet, and nothing will be until at least Colombia’s participation in the Copa America is finished, but it does look increasingly like his abilities will be better utilised elsewhere.
Arsenal fans, do you think Ospina has been given a fair crack by Arsene Wenger? Do any of you think he should be made number one instead of Petr Cech? Let us know your thoughts on the goalkeeper situation in the comments box below.
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