David Ospina
David Ospina

David Ospina

Agile goalkeeper David saw appearances limited in 2015/16 but still played 12 times in all competitions.

Petr Cech’s good form initially kept the Colombia international out of the team, though David did start in each of Arsenal’s first two Champions League matches and a memorable League Cup victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

David Ospina Profile

Born August 31, 1988
Medellin, Colombia
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 13
Previous Club(s) Atletico Nacional, Nice

The man from Medellin - Colombia’s second city - was Arsène Wenger’s first-choice in the FA Cup, starting in rounds four, five and the quarter-final defeat to Watford.

Injury to Cech in March 2016 meant David was called upon to make four successive Premier League appearances, the first of which was a fiercely-contested north London derby at White Hart Lane.

The stopper made exceptional saves to deny Erik Lamela and Harry Kane as Arsenal came from behind to draw 2-2. He further showcased his impressive reflexes with a sensational close-range save to deny Lionel Messi in Arsenal’s Champions League defeat at Barcelona.

The goalkeeper joined the club from French side Nice, where he spent six seasons. David, whose sister is married to international team-mate James Rodriguez, began his career at hometown club Atletico Nacional and is an experienced international, helping Colombia to reach the quarter-finals at the 2014 World Cup.

He made five appearances at the 2016 Copa America Centenario, keeping three clean sheets and saving a crucial penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out win over Peru. Colombia eventually finished third, with David impressing throughout the tournament.

David Ospina's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 18 0 2 + 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 22 + 1 0
2015-2016 4 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2016-2017 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 22 0 6 + 1 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 36 + 1 0

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15

August

David did not feature in August.

July

David did not feature in July.

August

David did not feature for Arsenal in August.

September

David played three times in September, making his first start of the season against Dinamo Zagreb before helping Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Speaking after that Capital One Cup victory, Arsene Wenger said: “David Ospina played 19 games last season and kept 14 clean sheets. He had a fantastic game against Spurs.”

October

David did not play during October.

November

David did not play during November.

December

David did not play during December.

January

David played once during January, helping Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 to advance into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

February

David played once during February and kept a clean sheet during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Hull City in the FA Cup.

March

David played six times during March, keeping clean sheets against Everton and Hull City. Speaking about the goalkeeper ahead of the 4-0 win against the Tigers, Arsene Wenger said: “I have told you many times that I rate Ospina as a world-class goalkeeper.”

April

David played twice in April and helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Watford.

May

David didn’t play in May.

August

A thigh injury kept new Colombian goalkeeper David out of action for the whole of August.

September

David made his first Arsenal start against Southampton in the Gunners’ 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat. “I'm really happy to make my debut,” he said after the game. “Unfortunately we didn't win and the result went against us but I just want to keep working. I'm really tranquil because I did my best.”

October

David only played one game in October, stepping in for Wojciech Szczesny after the Pole was sent off against Galatasaray. The Colombian was ruled out for the rest of the month through injury but impressed Arsene Wenger in the 28 minutes he did play. “David came on and played very well,” Wenger said after the game. “When he came on we were suffering and he had a good performance.”

November

David did not feature in November due to injury.

December

David did not play in December due to injury but did return to the bench for the final two games of the month against QPR and West Ham United.

January

David played three games in January and kept three clean sheets. The goalkeeper’s three consecutive Premier League shut-outs meant that he had still not conceded a goal in the league since joining Arsenal.

February

David played five times in February and kept a clean sheet in the 5-0 win against Aston Villa at the start of the month before making his full Champions League debut against Monaco.

March

David played five of Arsenal’s six games in March, keeping clean sheets against Everton, West Ham United and Monaco. Speaking after the Everton game, the Colombia goalkeeper said: “At Arsenal you always have to keep performing to stay in the team and this helps you to work much harder and to improve every day.”

April

David played all three of the Gunners’ Premier League games in April and kept clean sheets against Burnley and Chelsea. The Colombia goalkeeper said: “I will always try my best and dedicate myself to the team, and I hope I will be able to give my all until the end for Arsenal.”

May

David started all five of Arsenal’s Premier League games in May, keeping a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Sunderland. Speaking at the start of the month, Arsene Wenger said: “I believe in the goalkeepers I have. You look at the numbers in the Premier League and you look at who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it’s Ospina.”