David Ospina’s 90 per cent win rate proves Arsenal worth

The Colombian goalkeeper has been an unsung hero in the North London side’s ascent up the Premier League table.

Although Arsenal’s scintillating attacking play will gain much of the plaudits for the team’s improved results in recent months, the presence of David Ospina between the sticks for Arsene Wenger’s men should not be overlooked.

The Colombia international has been a calming presence after the calamitous form of predecessor Wojciech Szczesny.

As such, Ospina has played a crucial role in the Gunners’ rise to second place in the Premier League, with the team winning ten of the 11 games the South American has started this term.

This win rate is better than 90 per cent, while the North Londoners only won seven of the 17 games that Szczesny started in.

Ospina has also kept five clean sheets in 11 games compared to the Pole’s three in 17 fixtures, and only conceded seven goals.

  TeamSaves per gameHigh claims per gamePunches per gameAppearancesMins Played
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal 2.65 1.47 0.12 17 1,499
David Ospina Arsenal 2.64 3.55 0.73 11 990

As can also been seen in table above, Ospina’s command of his area is seemingly superior to that of Szczesny.

While both have made an almost identical amount of saves per match played, the Colombian has taken more high balls and made more punches than the Pole.

It will be interesting to see whether the North London club look to sign a new custodian this summer, with the signs there that Ospina has what it takes to be a top-notch regular number one.

The Emirates Stadium faithful will surely wish that the former Nice man had been in side since the start of the campaign.

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