David Ospina has drawn a line under speculation linking him with an Arsenal exit by confirming he’s happy to stay and fight it out for a first team berth.
The Colombian moved to the Gunners two years ago as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny and established himself as the Gunners first choice keeper after the Pole was dropped for disciplinary purposes. The ex-Nice stopper returned to playing second fiddle following the arrival of Petr Cech a year ago, but proved his mettle when called upon at vital moments of last season.
“I have a contract with Arsenal, I’m happy with the team,” Ospina told reporters in Los Angeles after the Gunner’s friendly with Chivas de Guadalajara on Monday. “We are fighting for the top of the league.
“Now we have two weeks until we start the season. These friendlies serve us very well.”
The Poland international made 42 appearances for the Serie A outfit last season impressing between the sticks as the Giallorossi finished third behind Napoli and Juventus.
It’s long been rumoured that Szczesny would return to the Stadio Olimpico even though Roma pushed ahead with the summer signing of Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson from Internacional.
Szczesny hasn’t played in the Arsenal first team since the
2014 2015 FA Cup final after being replaced by Petr Cech as the club’s first-choice keeper last summer.
There’s a suggestion that Roma could snap up Szczesny on a permanent basis for €16 million at the end of next season, that’s if a mooted buyout clause has indeed been agreed by Arsenal.