Poor David Ospina. It seems like no matter what he does between the sticks for Arsenal, he’ll never be deemed good enough to be the Gunners’ number one keeper.
Signed ostensibly as Wojciech Szczesny’s back-up in the summer, the Pole’s poor form saw Arsene Wenger turn to the Colombian, and he has not disappointed.
Ospina made his first Premier League start of the season in January against Stoke, and he retained his spot since then, keeping seven clean sheets in 15 matches.
That record of blanks in 46.67% of the matches he has played is the best boasted by any keeper in the Premier League to have made more than 10 appearances.
Furthermore, the idea that this has been achieved simply due to Arsenal’s good form, rather than Ospina’s own input, is nonsensical.
The Colombian averages 1.87 saves per game, around the same as the highly-rated Thibaut Courtois, and 3.11 saves per goal, better than both the Belgian and PFA Player of the Year nominee David De Gea.
Ospina has been a key figure in Arsenal’s resurgence in the second half of the season, and yet one slightly dodgy piece of positioning against Swansea and everyone starts calling for the Gunners to buy a new keeper this summer.
Not only do the Gunners have a perfectly competent first choice in Ospina, they have a decent back-up in Szczesny – who won the Premier League Golden Glove last season – and Damian Martinez as a solid third.
It’s also notable that of the keepers most frequently linked with Arsenal – Petr Cech, Victor Valdes and Iker Casillas – two aren’t first choice at their current sides, and one is having plenty of trouble of his own at Real Madrid.
The trio are also all in their 30s and clearly on the downslope of their career, while Ospina, 26, is heading for his prime.
There are no shortages of real issues in the Gunners’ squad for Wenger to try and sort out this summer, so there’s no point trying to also solve a problem that doesn’t exist.
Arsenal’s next game is away at Manchester United, where they are 13/5 to keep a clean sheet.