David Ospina has plenty of pedigree as a goalkeeper but he is bracing himself for a new experience tonight.
The 26-year-old is expected to make his Arsenal debut against Southampton in the Capital One Cup as Arsene Wenger rings the changes for the third-round tie at Emirates Stadium.
Ospina joined the Gunners after helping Colombia reach the last eight of the World Cup in Brazil. He is no stranger to big matches but knows it will take time to adapt to English football.
"If I made my first appearance in front of our crowd it would be a dream come true because the atmosphere at the Emirates is extraordinary"
"Every person I’ve had advice from remarks that English games have a lot of intensity," Ospina told Arsenal Player.
"Games are very quick and direct. As a result, there are many set-pieces and the ball is crossing the air very frequently. I am trying to adapt to this style as soon as possible.
"I’ve been looking forward to playing since I arrived at the club. It’s really important to be patient, although it’s key as well to be ready to step up whenever the manager gives you a chance.
"It would definitely be more special [to make my debut at home]. If I made my first appearance in front of our crowd it would be a dream come true because the atmosphere at the Emirates is extraordinary.
"I would say that the club has a perfect football stadium. I’ve already been down there on the pitch [for first-team games]. In fact, that experience may help me understand how it would be like to defend Arsenal’s goal in the home games."
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