Ospina Profile
Ospina Profile

David Ospina

Colombian goalkeeper David made a big impression during his first season at the club.

The stopper was an instrumental part of the team’s excellent form in the second half of the campaign, keeping a clean sheet in nearly half of his 22 starts in all competitions.

David Ospina Profile

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

The agile goalkeeper had the highest save percentage (80.7 per cent) and the highest win ratio (72.22 per cent) of any goalkeeper to play at least 10 Premier League games during 2014/15.

Signing on the back of some fine performances at the 2014 World Cup, the man from Medellin, Colombia’s second city, had to wait until January 2015 to make his first Premier League appearance.

When it arrived – in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City – David’s consistent displays meant he kept hold of the gloves in the league until the end of the season. He won on 11 out of his first 12 Premier League outings, with saves from Romelu Lukaku and Ayoze Perez in the wins over Everton and Newcastle United respectively especially memorable.

An international goalkeeper with excellent reflexes and a calm persona, David represented Colombia at various youth levels before making his full debut against Uruguay in 2007. He excelled for his country at the 2015 Copa America in Chile, keeping three clean sheets to help them to the quarter-final stage.

David, whose sister is married to international team-mate James Rodriguez, joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 outfit Nice, where he spent six seasons after joining from Atletico Nacional in his hometown.

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 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 18 0 4 + 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 + 1 0

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15


David did not feature in July.


David did not feature for Arsenal in August.


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.”


David did not play during October.


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 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.”