With reports linking David Ospina to Arsenal reaching fever pitch over the last few days with reports claiming that a fee of the 4 million Euros has been agreed for the 25 year old Colombian goalkeeper; this article looks at five things to know about the Nice of France goalkeeper
1. Conceded fewest Goal in South American World Cup Qualifiers
During the South America World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014, Colombia was widely praised for their attacking prowess with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez leading the charge where they scored twenty seven (27) goals in 16 matches. But it was their defence led by the last man David Ospina that created the platform for the attack, with just 13 goals conceded in 16 matches which was the fewest return of goals let in by a goalkeeper the marathon South American World Cup qualifiers
2. Became First Choice goalkeeper at age Seventeen
He became one of the youngest goalkeepers to ever be made first choice of a club in the Colombian league. At the age of 17 he became first choice for Atletico Nacional. A club he played featured for three years from 2005-2008 before he moved to Europe. He made a total of 97 appearances for National. He was instrumental in Nacional winning back to back league titles in 2007.
3. Five Inches Shorter Than Wojciech Szczesny
David Ospina stands at just six foot (6ft) which is a full five inches shorter than first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who stands at six foot five inches (6ft 5in). Putting it into context, he will become one of the shortest goalkeepers Arsenal has bought if he joins.
4. Kept Thirteen Clean Sheets for Nice last season.
Following the struggles of Nice in French Ligue 1 last season as they battled with relegation, the duty fell on David Ospina to inspire them. He kept a commendable 13 clean sheets as Nice struggled to score goals. He averaged 2.98 successful catches per game as Nice struggled with relegation last season becoming the fourth in goals against average which stood at 0.86. While he was third alongside Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic for number of clean sheets kept last season.
5. Two Years Older Than Wojciech Szczesny
With the trend of having just one competent goalkeeper at a football club now fading, David Ospina comes in at the peak of his powers at just 25 years. He is just two years older than Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who is 23 years old.