Stats: Could David Ospina save Arsenal millions in transfer market?

David Ospina

David Ospina has impressed since replacing Wojciech Szczesny and could end up saving Arsenal valuable time and money in the transfer market.

During the Premier League era, Arsenal have been fortunate enough to call upon the services of David Seaman (75 caps for England, three top-flight titles) and Jens Lehmann (61 caps for Germany, one title success).

They have, however, struggled to fill the goalkeeping void since the latter left north London in 2008 – prior to his shock return as he stepped out of retirement three years later.

Manuel Almunia, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukas Fabianksi - all decent enough, but none have quite been up to the job.

Time is still on Szczesny’s side at 24 years of age, but Arsene Wenger is seemingly unconvinced by his claims to the post on a long-term basis, with the Polish shot-stopper currently benched for the second time in three seasons.

David Ospina, a summer signing from Nice in 2014, has been offered an opportunity to impress, and has taken it with both hands – quite literally.

The Colombian is not your stereotypical, flamboyant South American, with the numbers he has posted so far suggesting that he is more of a British-style keeper and a man with the ability to nail down the number one spot at Emirates Stadium.

  Total High ClaimGood High ClaimGoals ConcededClean SheetSavesAccurate Goal KicksAccurate Keeper ThrowsAppearancesMins Played
David Ospina 13 12 0 3 8 11 9 3 270
  Total High Claim GAMEGood High Claim GAMEGoals Conceded GAMEClean SheetSaves GAMEAccurate Goal Kicks GAMEAppearancesMins Played
David Ospina 4.33 4 0 3 2.67 3.67 3 270
Wojciech Szczesny 1.47 1.41 1.24 3 2.65 3.18 17 1,499

The attributes that have stood out when watching Ospina in action, and are supported by the Opta statistics above, are his willingness to claim deliveries fed into the box and a considered approach to distribution.

He is not one to throw wild punches at crosses or corners; he would rather get two hands on the ball and take the pressure off those around him.

Ospina has then shown that he will look to pick out a teammate off the floor or out of hand, with Arsenal’s last line of defence proving that he is prepared to buy into the ball-retaining philosophy of his manager.

It is also worth nothing that he is only 26, just two years older than Szczesny, and could be the answer to a long-standing question and one that will end up saving the Gunners precious time and money in future transfer windows - with his services having been secured for what looks like being a bargain £3 million fee.

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