David Ospina says moving to Arsenal is a ‘dream come true’ and that he can’t wait to start training with his new teammates ahead of a potential debut in the Emirates Cup this weekend.
The Colombian international completed his £3.2 million move to the Gunners at the weekend and, after an emotional goodbye to his teammates at Nice, says he’s very excited about taking the next step in his career.
In his first interview with Arsenal Player the World Cup star said: “I would like to thank everyone here at Arsenal for trusting in me as a player, I am extremely happy to be a part of such a great team.
“It is a dream come true and I will approach this challenge with responsibility and give my best.
“Since the opportunity of coming here showed up, I cannot wait to start training, to meet all my new team-mates and give my best. It’s a big step in my career.”
As the first Colombian to ever sign for Arsenal, the 25-year-old represents something of a trailblazer in his home country; a state of affairs which has him beaming with pride.
“I know a lot [about Arsenal], it is a big club in Europe. This is a dream come true, for me and also for my family and I’m looking forward to it.
“[I’m] Extremely proud, and I’m expecting to do very well so other Colombian players can also come here.”
Ospina also had a word to say about his fellow keepers at the club, paying tribute to Wojciech Szczesny’s qualities and those of young Argentine Damien Martinez.
“Szczesny is a great goalkeeper, very skilful. He has been a regular at a top side like Arsenal, so he is quality. We also have the Argentine goalkeeper Damien Martinez. They are both young players but very experienced.”
Set to turn 26 at the end of August, Ospina’s pretty young himself for a top level goalkeeper, however, with nearly 200 top flight appearances to his name and a World Cup under his belt he too has bags of experience.
It’ll be very interesting to see how he’s deployed by Arsene Wenger, could he be charged with cup duties like Fabianski last term? The boss has hinted that Szczesny will start the season as the number 1 although you suspect Ospina will be eager for an early chance to prove his worth.