David Ospina - Arsenal's most unnecessary summer signing

David Ospina

Emiliano Martinez's breakthrough is rendering Arsenal's signing of David Ospina unnecessary.

Arsenal's summer signing of David Ospina probably received the least fanfare of their additions, and to date it has been the least effective.

The goalkeeper was brought in to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny, but whenever the Pole has been injured or suspended, Ospina has been unavailable to start due to his own fitness issues.

It has allowed the chance for fellow South American, Emiliano Martinez to step in and he has looked assured deputising for Szczesny.

Fans of the Gunners who have watched him this season already feel comfortable with Martinez in goal, and it appears the club did not need to spend £4 million to find a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski after all.

The price paid for Ospina means there's no need for the buy to feel calamitous, and his international pedigree and impressive displays at the World Cup for Colombia should be noted.

Arsene Wenger has admitted he was brought in to compete with, rather than back-up Szczesny, and he arguably has a better chance of dislodging the current number one - providing he can stay fit.

That is the main issue, Wenger has admitted Ospina has an ongoing issue which requires regular treatment, and this start to the season feels like a missed opportunity for the goalkeeper to stake his claim with Szczesny missing games.

It's early on into his Arsenal career and he may yet go on to prove himself as a first choice, but based on what has happened during the opening months of his career at the club, his signature feels a little unnecessary.

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