David Ospina hailed by Nice boss as a great addition for Arsenal

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After managing David Ospina for the past two seasons in Ligue 1, Nice manager Claude Puel has backed his former goalkeeper to push on and grow his game at Arsenal.

New Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will prove a fantastic addition for the club, according to his former manager Claude Puel.

Puel managed Ospina at Ligue 1 side Nice for the past two campaigns, after the Colombian first arrived at the club from Atletico Nacional in 2008, going on to appear in 189 games during his six-season stint in France.

Having also impressed for his national side during their run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil this summer, the Frenchman understands his keeper’s decision to move to the Premier League and has backed the 48-times capped international to be a great success in England.

‘It's a good deal for Arsenal because he's a very good player. Next season you will see the quality he brings,’ he said of the 25-year-old shot-stopper.

‘It's fantastic for him. It's important for him to try another league, another club and Arsenal is a fantastic club for him.

‘David can take the goalkeeping position at Arsenal because his qualities are very strong and... “magnifique”. You saw in the World Cup how important a goalkeeper he is.

‘For me, he can impose his quality,’ he added. ‘He's a goalkeeper who is very good with the feet, with his arms, he knows football and he's a very, very good player.’

Arriving for around £3 million, Ospina will have a job on his hands to unseat incumbent starter Wojciech Szczesny's, with Arsene Wenger recently confirming that the Polish shot-stopper would remain his first-choice for the start of the season.

However, if the long-time number one falters at all over the course of the campaign then, judging by the Colombian's recent displays for club and country, the Gunners have a worthy replacement at their disposal.

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