David Ospina out of the Emirates Cup with thigh injury

David Ospina will not feature for Arsenal after picking up a thigh complaint.

The Emirates Cup gets under way this weekend as the traditional Arsenal invitational tournament welcomes Valencia, AS Monaco and Portuguese champions SL Benfica to North London for a series of friendly matches.

Arsenal's first game is against the latter tomorrow evening and it gives fans of both sides the opportunity to watch a selection of their new players in action for the first time.

Gunners fans will hope to catch a glimpse of Alexis Sanchez in action. The big money buy from Barcelona is all set to get involved after returning to action post World Cup.

The most recent recruit from Southampton, Callum Chambers, is also set to potentially feature - while Mathieu Debuchy's involvement remains in doubt.

Then there is the new goalkeeper. David Ospina had a great World Cup with Colombia and is now expected to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one shirt at The Emirates.

But the arrival from French club Nice will have to wait a little longer to make his Gunners bow. In his press conference this afternoon Wenger revealed that unfortunately, the £3.5 million signing will not feature against Benfica - because he is injured:

"Ospina has a little thigh problem. He won't be available. I cannot tell you when he will play but he is in a position where he has to fight for his position" said Wenger. "I like him as a goalkeeper because he's intelligent, he's quick and has shown that he can adapt. He came to France at a very young age and adapted and managed to gain his place in the national team. He's highly-regarded in France as a fantastic professional, that's what made me sign him. I hope in the future he can show his qualities."

Ospina will miss the entire Emirates Cup with the problem, so will have to wait until the season starts to do battle with the Polish incumbent for the place between Arsenal's sticks.

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