David Ospina will officially leave Arsenal, signing for Napoli for approximately £4m.
The Colombian stopper, on international duty with his country in the Copa America, was on loan with the Serie A club last season, and his displays were enough to prompt the Italians to part with their cash to sign the goalkeeper on a permanent deal.
Ospina conceded twenty five goals in twenty four games for Napoli last season, and it has long been known that his future has lay away from Arsenal. The Gunners signing Bernd Leno last season was conformation of this, and so Ospina was playing for his future whilst on loan – and did enough to stay at the San Paolo.
Ospina made 29 League appearances for Arsenal, and signed for the club back in 2014. He also was between the sticks for our excellent 2-1 FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea in 2016-17. The South American was unlucky at times with injury, and also made some errors that saw him ousted from the Number One position, but he also played well at times to save us on a few occasions.
His stay was too short to be considered anything but ordinary, but Ospina was a good shot-stopper who, for the majority of his displays, didn’t let us down.
Ospina made his name in his five years with Nice in Ligue Un, and it was his time with the French club that put his name on Arsene Wenger’s radar. He impressed in his first full season and he took advantage of Wojicech Szczesny being punished for smoking in the changing rooms to oust the Pole from prominence, eventually leading to Szczesny being loaned to Roma and then sold to Juventus.
In hindsight, we could have done with the Polish keeper maturing while in our colours, as he is now showing what he is capable of, but at the time, Ospina slotted in and did himself proud.
The Colombian stopper proved to be a little too inconsistent to be considered a long-term first choice, but he can look back on his time at Arsenal with pride, and also some FA Cup memories to last a lifetime.
Good luck with the rest of your career David, and thanks for your efforts.