Colombia international goalkeeper David Ospina signed for Arsenal from Nice in July 2014.
Ospina began his career with Atletico Nacional, where he made 97 appearances before leaving to join Nice in 2008. He made 189 league appearances for Les Aiglons during his six-year spell with the French club.
David Ospina Profile
August 31, 1988 Medellin, Colombia
Atletico Nacional, Nice
The 6ft stopper had an impressive World Cup with Colombia, helping his country to the quarter-finals in Brazil with a series of fine displays.
Ospina made his first start for the national team in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia, becoming the second youngest keeper to start for Colombia.
A thigh injury kept new Colombian goalkeeper David out of action for the whole of August.
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.”
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.”
David did not feature in November due to injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”