Grading Arsenal's £3.2m move for David Ospina - backup or first choice goalkeeper?

Arsenal finally agreed a deal to sign Nice goalkeeper David Ospina today, but how good is the move from a Gunners point of view?

Having seen backup goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano leave the club this summer, manager Arsene Wenger had to sign another stopper in order to push Wojciech Szczesny. He's now got that in Ospina, with the Colombian arriving for around £3.2m from Ligue 1 side Nice. Now expected to compete with Szczesny for a starting role, how does Arsenal's new signing grade out?


Ospina's impressive displays for Colombia at the World Cup suggest that he's ready to make the step up from a mid-table Ligue 1 side to a top level Premier League team in Arsenal. Adding top quality competition to push Szczesny - who has been under little pressure of late - is a great move, and some could even argue that Ospina is better then the Pole. Therefore, at just £3.2m, it's an absolute bargain for Arsenal. He has great reflexes, good, strong hands and possesses impressive decision making to come out and punch the ball, and at just 25 years old, he could be a player to make an impact in the long-term for Arsenal.


The one big negative is trying to keep both Szczesny and Ospina happy. Both players are international goalkeepers who will need playing time to convince their managers that they deserve to play in qualifying games, so if one players is consigned to the bench for the majority of the season, Wenger could have problems on his hands. Ospina is also a little on the small side for a goalkeeper, and we saw David de Gea have some trouble adjusting to the Premier League because of his size, so he may need time to adjust - just as De Gea has.

Grade: A

Signing some competition had to be one of Wenger's top priorities entering this transfer window, particularly after Fabianski and Viviano left the club. They've managed to bring in a young, talented shot stopper who proved his worth on the world's biggest stage, and he's now ready to take the leap to the Premier League. The only question now is whether he starts over Szczesny or not, but at just over £3m, Wenger has got himself a steal in Ospina.

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