David Ospina

David Ospina

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David Ospina
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Medellin, Colombia - August 31, 1988
Previous Clubs
Atletico Nacional, Nice

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.

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.


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