David Ospina has confirmed he will stay at Arsenal despite the arrival of Petr Cech. The goalkeeper said he rejected a number of offers to commit to at least another season in north London.
Having signed Cech from Chelsea earlier this summer, Arsene Wenger was expected to sell the Colombia international. However, Wojciech Szczesny has since agreed to join AS Roma on loan, leaving Ospina to fill the No2 spot at Emirates Stadium.
Reports had claimed that Ospina was on the verge of leaving the Gunners for Turkish side Fenerbahce, but held crunch talks with Wenger over his future over the weekend. The Arsenal boss managed to convince him that he will still get opportunities to play despite the increased competition that Cech will bring.
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Ospina will likely get game time in both the League and FA Cup this season, which seems to have been enough to convince him to stay, but the 26-year-old also expects to learn plenty off of his new team-mate.
"I’m with Arsenal today I have four year contract," Ospina told AS Colombia. "I am very happy there and I want to continue taking advantage of the opportunity to be in one of the best teams in the world.
"I have another challenge coming to share with a great keeper like Petr Cech. To be with him is a privilege. There will be a healthy competition and the manager will take the decision.
"In the end most important are the results of the team and we can achieve great things. It is shaping up to be a good squad.
"It was my decision [to stay]. There were many offers and things that were being raised, but in the end I decided to stay and continue this beautiful responsibility to integrate with Arsenal. I want to keep learning and earn achievements.
"I was the one who made the decision to stay at Arsenal, with the help of my family."
It is only natural that Szczesny would be the one leave Arsenal, albeit temporarily, as the Poland international played second fiddle to Ospina in the second half of last season.
Ospina, who joined from Nice in a £3million deal last summer, became Arsenal's No1 almost by default after Szczesny infuriated Wenger by smoking in the dressing room after a particularly bad performance against Southampton in January.
The South American impressed, however, and his arrival in the team coincided with a significant upturn in form. That was not just down to Ospina, but the fresh face between the sticks seemed to give Arsenal's defence a boost.
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