Arsenal have confirmed that David Ospina has joined Napoli on a permanent basis in a deal believed to be worth around €4 million.
The Colombia international was on loan at the Estadio San Paolo last year and made 24 appearances as he competed for a first team place with young Italian Alex Meret.
In truth, Ospina’s exit has been a long time coming. Having forced his way into the first team in 2014/15 as a result of Wojciech Szczesny’s exile, the Colombian initially did quite well keeping nine clean sheets in 22 appearances.
However, it didn’t stop the club from acquiring Petr Cech and since then he’s been experienced back-up, picking up an FA Cup medal in the 2017 win over Chelsea.
The signing of Bernd Leno last year was the final nail in the coffin and although we’re short on keepers we’ve not shown any interest in trying to keep him around with Emi Martinez expected to step up to the number 2 position next season. He leaves the Emirates having played a total 70 games.
Good luck to him in Italy.