Arsenal's David Ospina says it’s a privilege to compete with Petr Cech

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David Ospina has commented on the challenge of competing with Petr Cech.

Arsenal shot-stopper David Ospina has told Colombia AS that it is a great privilege to compete with Petr Cech following his summer arrival.

The Czech Republic international became the Gunners’ top summer signing, the goalkeeper moving to the North London outfit from rivals Chelsea after being replaced as the club’s number one between the posts last season.

Many observers have praised his move, citing the Gunners’ decision to bring him in as a real step in the right direction in terms of sustaining a genuine Premier League title challenge.

However, on the flip side his arrival will have harsh consequences for former number one Ospina, with the Colombian international proving himself to be a fine goalkeeper since breaking into the first-team XI.

That said, despite speculation linking him with an exit, the 26-year-old is content with his situation and told Colombia AS that it will be a privilege to compete with Cech for the number one jersey.

“I have a new challenge in the face of an excellent goalkeeper Petr Cech. It’s a privilege to compete with him. He has plenty of experience and he’s one of the best in the world,” Ospina told Colombia AS.

“In football there is always competition, but the most important aspect is to have a good working relationship and leave the decision up to the coach.”

Opportunities

While ech is expected to be Arsenal’s number one in the Premier League, Ospina will have opportunities to play in both domestic cups and possibly also in the Champions League.

At 26 years of age, the Colombian is still relatively young in goalkeeping terms and with continued improvement at the Emirates Stadium, there is every chance of him later winning back the number one spot.

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