Happy in defeat - Ospina admits to mixed emotions after Arsenal debut

David Ospina

David Ospina has given his thoughts after he made his debut for Arsenal.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has admitted to mixed emotions after making his debut for the club.

Ospina started for the Gunners in the 2-1 League Cup defeat against Southampton and has revealed that while he’s disappointed with the result, he appreciate the support of fans as he tries to settle in.

“I'm really happy to make my debut and play my first game with Arsenal. Unfortunately we didn't win and the result went against us but I just want to keep working. I'm really tranquil because I did my best,” he told the club’s website.

“I felt really happy when I went onto the pitch because people were supporting me a lot.”

Ospina has been criticised in some quarters this morning for Southampton’s winning goal, which came from Nathaniel Clyne.

Clyne hit a shot from distance, which appeared to be within range of Ospina who wasn’t able to get a hand on the ball to prevent it from hitting the back of the net.

He’s explained that the pace and movement on the ball as he reacted to the shot prevented him from stopping it going in.

“The second [Southampton goal] was superb and Clyne is a really skilful player. There were a lot of people in the box and when I saw the ball, it moved and I didn't have time to react.”

Ospina has also provided fans with an insight into how he’s working hard to settle in at Arsenal following his move from Nice.

It was always going to be a big move for the Colombian after six years settled in French football before his move to the Emirates earlier this summer.

However, he’s making a real effort to fit into London and English life, which should help him in his first season.

“Little by little, I'm learning English too. I'm taking classes and some of my team-mates speak French. There is a mix of languages spoken so little by little, I understand them better,” he added.

Wojciech Szczesny will more than likely return for the North London derby this weekend.

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