The Gunners finally ended their nine year trophy drought with their 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City in May, and the club have looked to prolong the positivity around the club with some work in the transfer market. Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez completed a blockbuster £32m deal earlier this summer, before Newcastle United full back Mathieu Debuchy arrived to replace Bacary Sagna.
Now manager Arsene Wenger has made his third signing with the arrival of Ospina. The 25-year-old starred for Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer, and arrives at the Emirates Stadium to offer top quality competition for current Gunners stopper Wojciech Szczesny.
After the departures of Lukasz Fabianski and loan failure Emiliano Viviano, bringing in another goalkeeper was a priority for Wenger. Snapping up someone like Ospina - who could certainly start ahead of Szczesny this season - is a wise move, and fans on Twitter were quick to praise the deal, suggesting that Wenger had learned his lesson from a year ago when Arsenal were too slow to make moves in the transfer market.
Some fans do believe that Ospina could push Szczesny hard for the No. 1 jersey, with his impressive World Cup displays forming the basis of those beliefs.
welcome ospina, another awesome signing of the summer!! #AFC— MotherOfDragons (@thegoonerway_) July 27, 2014
Why do I have this funny feeling that Ospina will be our number 1 goalkeeper this time next year? #afc— 17.05.14 (@AFC_RedAndWhite) July 27, 2014
The Ospina signing and the potential Chambers signing show a ruthless streak in Arsene that I'm liking a lot. #afc— Anthony White (@awhite66) July 27, 2014
Ospina is now a gooner great news good back up keeper and can give a challenge for the no 1 spot great news wenger keep em coming #afc— Alex (YG) Ellison (@SYgunner4) July 27, 2014
Great to have some competition between the posts, Ospina was great at world cup. Happy to rotate GK for first time in a while! #AFC— Jacob Weeks (@JacobWeeksSHU) July 27, 2014
Buzzing about the signing of Ospina, with him between the sticks it will give confidence to the defence .#afc— MalBailey (@malbailey1973) July 27, 2014
Perfect! Ospina signing confirmed. Wonderful goalkeeper. Szczesny gotta look out for his number 1 spot. Perfect competition. #AFC— Ubaid_Dantata (@Ubaid_Dantata) July 27, 2014
Davide Ospina deserves to be #AFC number 1. Compare their statistics of last season together, Ospina outshines Szcezeny.— Fusbol. (@EnFusbol) July 27, 2014