Arsenal star David Ospina has admitted he is worried about the prospect of facing new Chelsea signing Radamel Falcao, insisting that the striker remains a lethal threat on the pitch.
The pair play together on the international scene for Colombia, and Ospina has stated that there should not be a goalkeeper in the Premier League who isn’t phased by the idea of squaring up against Falcao, despite the fact the forward endured a difficult season last year.
After moving to Manchester United on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, Falcao flattered to deceive at Old Trafford, often appearing as a substitute as Louis van Gaal failed to get the best out of him.
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Now at Chelsea, Falcao is looking at a make or break season with the Stamford Bridge club, and yet Ospina believes he is right to be worried about playing against the 29-year-old when the Blues meet Arsenal.
“Who would not worry about facing Falcao?! You do not know how to stop him. He can score at any time," he said, according to Squawka.
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“Falcao is very quiet. Besides being a great player, he is a great person and deserves good things.
“He has this new opportunity with an excellent team in Chelsea and I think that will be reborn after the difficult time he spent in Manchester.”
Indeed Jose Mourinho has himself promised to get Falcao firing on all cylinders once again, as has Diego Costa, who used to play with the Monaco man at Atletico Madrid prior to his own transfer to England.
The Spain international has fared significantly better than his teammate, but perhaps the old link may once again be forged in England. Mourinho will certainly be hoping that is the case.
Ospina the backup
Of course Ospina’s concerns might not be realised given that he’s likely to play second-fiddle to Petr Cech this season. The Czech international coincidentally arrived from Chelsea, and his experience and pedigree almost guarantee him top spot in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order.
That said Ospina won’t be competing with Wojciech Szczesny, since the Polish international has been shipped to AS Roma on loan. This means that should Cech get injured, banned or suffer a dip in form Ospina will be the man Wenger turns to, and he’ll almost certainly be given the nod in most cup fixtures.
As for Falcao, the fact that he’s on another loan means that this is likely his last chance to leave a lasting impression on English football.
A successful campaign for him could see Mourinho part with cash to buy him permanently next summer, although another drab year would all but rule out the chance of finishing his career at a big club.
Arsenal fans, do you think Ospina will play many games this season? Chelsea fans, can you get the best out of Falcao? Let us know in the comments box below.