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David Ospina
Gender Male
Ethnic Colombian
Job Colombian Footballer
Desc SCC Napoli have an option to buy, however, the Colombian would prove a perfect, and most importantly free, back-up if the Italians do not take up that offer at a time when Arsenal need to focus on investing in other positions

Affiliation

Org Colombia National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[David Ospina has hinted at a summer exit at Arsenal, with the Colombia international goalkeeper admitting that he is open to everything] I am open to everything. Today I give everything for Arsenal, I like to be successful here, but you start to contemplate every alternative depending on each situation. I still have a contract, but as I say, I always like to have more opportunities, to have more continuity in the squad as every goalkeeper needs.

Today, I am sharing my position with an excellent goalkeeper in Petr, but he knows that I like to play and I know he likes to keep playing, we have this competition between us, I just like to have continuity, I will think about the future at another moment.

Today I live day by day, I don’t like to say anything about the future but i will make the most of every each training session and every moment at Arsenal. The manager has his reasons for deciding who does or does not get to play..Our position as goalkeepers is a very complicated one because you have less opportunities, in the team there is just one player who plays in that role, and who gets the support. I always try to do my best.

Mistakes can happen but those mistakes (that the goalkeeper makes) are more visible to everybody, but I keep working, making the most of every opportunity that I have.

When I speak to Wenger he always tells me that he trusts me. I will keep demonstrating my skills each time I get to play, in every training session, and I will keep waiting for my opportunity that I have been waiting for, and I will make the most of it, as I did in my first year at Arsenal.

As I always say; for me to be part of Arsenal was and is a dream come true. When I used to think about it, it seemed so far away. I was able to materialise it and that’s why I like to do my best, to be outstanding at Arsenal.

2018 02 25 Retrieve

[Arsenal’s David Ospina is relishing the experience of playing in another cup final at Wembley. Serving as deputy to Petr Cech in the Premier League, Ospina has largely been restricted to appearances in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League] We were delighted. We talked about it a lot. It was great he did it at Wembley, too. For us Colombians Higuita is a really important figure. He did so much for the national team and the country. I have always had great respect for him, and it’s nice that he is remembered here for something special

2018 07 02 Retrieve

[David Ospina says Colombia and their immense band of supporters in Russia are not frightened by the prospect of facing England in the World Cup last 16] We are a better team than four years ago. We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil. We have experience and good quality. Our players play in the best clubs, the best leagues, and are used to playing in matches of this size, so nothing will frighten us. England are a good team, but we did not mind who it was we would face. We just know we will give everything for our country and take strength from the support. We always give everything for our country. It’s such an honour to play for Colombia.

[One of the most notable aspects of Colombia’s campaign thus far has been their raucous fans and Ospina is certainly aware, with each match feeling like a home game] The support has been incredible. It’s been our inspiration. There are Colombians all over the world but the support here, in Russia, has meant everything to us. It shows the passion and belief that we have in our country. It’s just amazing how many people have come here to support us. It has felt like a home game in every game for us. They make more noise, have more colour and we always have more supporters than the rest. It shows how much football means to our country. It’s not pressure, it’s strength for us.

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[Goalkeeper David Ospina believes Colombia can walk away from Russia with their heads held high after their elimination from the World Cup] We’re going [home] sad, but now is the time to raise your head. [The team] left every ounce of sweat. We are running out of the adventure at the World Cup, but we are leaving with a clear conscience that we gave it everything on the field. As it is said, it is a lottery, there was fortune [saving Henderson’s penalty] at first, but then two failed and that’s how it is

2018 08 17 Retrieve

[David Ospina has completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Napoli, with the Serie A side having a €5 million (£4m/$6m) purchase option] SSC Napoli have officially acquired the services of David Ospina from Arsenal with the details of the loan including a purchase option.

2019 02 16 Retrieve

[Arsenal keeper Ospina eyes South America return as Napoli switch turns sour] I knew this might happen. My current situation is that I am on loan for this season and there’s a clause based on the number of games, so if I play regularly, it’ll become an automatic purchase.

When the situation doesn’t depend on me, all I can do is wait for the decisions to be made by Napoli. The club had just spent a lot of money on Meret, a young goalkeeper with a great future ahead of him, so I knew that when he came back from injury, this might happen. He’s a great keeper, a lovely guy and he’ll make a real name for himself in future

[At the age of 30, Ospina indicated he is open to a move that will bring him regular first-team football and expressed an interest in a return to his home continent] I want to continue playing in Europe, although a return to South American football is always a possibility. I am open for a move closer to home

: 2019 05 29 UEFA has asked FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to review regulations regarding concussion. Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina was also taken to hospital after a Serie A game against Udinese in March when he collapsed having attempted to play on after sustaining a head injury

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Arsenal and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina has completed a permanent move to Serie A with Napoli] Goalkeeper David Ospina has joined Napoli on a permanent transfer, following a season on loan at the Serie A side. David joined us from Nice in 2014 after six seasons in Ligue 1, and made 70 appearances during his time with us. He was our goalkeeper in the 2017 Emirates FA Cup final win over Chelsea, and was also in the squad for the 2015 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa. With 98 international appearances, David is the most capped goalkeeper in Colombia’s history and also represented his country at two World Cups - in 2014 and 2018. We would like to thank David for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future