Lloris v Ospina - who wins the battle of Tottenham & Arsenal's French imports?

David Ospina

Both goalkeepers came to north London from France. Who will put in the better performance on Saturday?

One left Lyon for Tottenham Hotspur, the other left Nice for Arsenal.

Now, both find themselves in a position of superiority at their respective Premier League clubs.

For Hugo Lloris, being his team's no.1 is nothing new. The Frenchman has been one of the north London side's leading stars for as long as one can remember.

For David Ospina, though, (the Colombian who moved to France before joining Arsenal) the #1 jersey is something a little different. Only recently has Arsene Wenger handed the 26-year-old a starting berth ahead of Wojciech Szczesny - and he intends to keep it as his own.

But, while Lloris's value to Spurs is clear, how has Ospina compared to the Frenchman in his three Premier League appearances to date?

  Saves (Per Game)Crosses CaughtKeeper SweepersSaved In BoxSaved Outside BoxGoal Kick AccuracyThrowing AccuracyAppearances
Hugo Lloris 3.35 1.17 0.43 2.26 1.09 58% 99% 23
David Ospina 2.67 4 0 2 0.67 58% 100% 3
Wojciech Szczesny 2.65 1.41 1 1.47 1.06 52% 97% 17

As Opta stats show, it is no surprise Lloris averages more saves per game than both Ospina and Szczesny. Saves, though, may simply mean being left more exposed by your defence.

When it comes to collecting crosses, Arsenal's Ospina comes out on top (although the average could be dragged down as the games go by), while Tottenham's first-choice shot stopper is better coming off his line - but not better than Szczesny.

Overall, though, there is little to separate all three when it comes to statistics. Ospina and Lloris vary only minutely when it comes to their distribution, for instance.

What will separate the two is the saves they make and authority they exude - especially on the big occasions. Saturday will possibly be the biggest test of both.

Ospina needs to keep his place in the Arsenal side - but the overwhelming need for Tottenham to produce against their bitter rivals may put just as much if not more pressure on Lloris. Even the best of the best, after all, are capable of making mistakes.

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