Arsene Wenger: New Arsenal signing Ospina has a long-term injury, and I knew in advance

David Ospina

Arsene Wenger has delivered bad news regarding David Ospina.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed new signing David Ospina is battling a long-term fitness issue.

The goalkeeper was hoping to deputise for the suspended Wojciech Szczesny against Anderlecht in the Champions League, but has been ruled out with an injury.

Ahead of the game, Wenger revealed that his sudden call to action against Galatasaray inflamed an ongoing problem.

He told Arsenal.com: "He had his first injury at Nice - it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup.

"He came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again. I had to bring him on against Galatasaray without a warm up and being prepared, so he had a recurrence of that injury.

"It means he is out for two to three months, now we have to be really careful because it is a recurrence of a thigh injury, which is very difficult. It is a long-term injury."

Ospina certainly did not seem hampered by his injury at the World Cup, and nor did it cause him to miss much game time for Nice last season.

Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger admitting they were well aware of Ospina's issues in advance suggest a worrying repeat of the Kim Kallstrom saga, the Swede brought in on loan in January, with the Gunners signing off on the deal despite a medical showing up a fractured back.

Arsenal need third choice stopper Emiliano Martinez to step up against Anderlecht and prove himself good enough for the club.

If he can do so, the need to rush Ospina back before he is ready is not as much of a temptation, and the club can move towards getting his injury healed once and for all.

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