Is £3m Arsenal target 'keeper Ospina better than Fabianski?


Arsenal are reportedly on the moving forward in their pursuit of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice.

The 25-year-old Colombia international is reportedly the subject of a £3 million offer from Arsenal as the Gunners look to replace backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who has signed for Swansea City on a free transfer.

Ospina made 29 appearances for Nice in Ligue 1 last term, conceding 25 goals and keeping 13 clean sheets whilst Fabianski made just one appearance in the Premier League for Arsenal but led the North Londoners to their FA Cup win last term.

Fabianski kept a clean sheet in his one league appearance last term, conceded three goals in two Champions League appearances and conceded five goals in six games across the Gunners’ entire FA Cup run.

The Pole has averaged a pass completion rate in the Premier League of 77.8% which is higher than Ospina’s 62.2% in Ligue 1. However, that rate drops way down to 47.2% in the Champions League when Fabianski came up against elite competition. He did, however, receive a Man of the Match award for one of his two appearances in the Champions League this term.

Ospina is essentially coming in to replace Fabianski in the squad and provide genuine competition for Fabianski who had, for both club and country, become clearly the backup to his young compatriot Wojceich Szczesny.

Ospina is, in effect, something of an upgrade on Fabianski in terms of his competiveness but where he may have to improve is at the elite level of continental competition which he has little experience of with Nice.

He does have 44 caps for Colombia and performed well at the World Cup in Brazil but should he have to fill in for Szczesny either due to injury or suspension, he will need to prove he has the composure and ability to perform at the highest level.

The other potential issue is Fabianski’s superior experience with Ospina being four years his junior. However, it would also be fair to say Ospina has played a lot more competitive football in his career to date than Fabianski.

The departed goalkeeper has averaged has just five Premier League appearances for Arsenal in the last three seasons and just 32 league appearances in seven years. Ospina will hope he can see more action if he makes the big switch to North London.

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