Manuel Neuer’s rise to become one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world has won him plenty of admirers down the years - and David Ospina is part of the fan club.

The Bayern Munich No 1 has faced the Gunners six times in the past four seasons, and has impressed with his agility and with the ball at his feet.

It is this latter quality that Ospina particularly rates, and he says the Germany stopper is almost South American in his approach to goalkeeping.

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“We all know how good Neuer is,” Ospina told Arsenal Player. "He's done great things and continues to prove that he's a top goalkeeper. On top of that, he's great with his feet - I think that makes him a very complete keeper.

“Yes [he is like a South American], we always try to play with the ball at our feet - that's something we work on a lot at home. It's a key part of the modern game.

“We know how important this game is,” the Colombian added. “We're up against one of the best teams in the world - they have some great players. We have to do our job. We have a great team full of fantastic players and we hope to perform well."

 

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Rob Kelly 15 Feb 2017