Arsene Wenger says “world class” David Ospina could still be Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper in the future.
Injuries and high-profile mistakes – most notably against Olympiakos in the Champions League – have marred Ospina’s season, but Wenger believes he has all the attributes to step up when Petr Cech eventually calls time on his career.
“I think he can be the goalkeeper of the future here as well,” the Gunners boss said. “With Petr Cech getting older year after year, he may get more games as well…
“I personally think he is world-class. I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no. It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina.
“I was very happy with Ospina. It was just an opportunity to say no would not have been right. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision. I rate him highly.