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Ospina - You have to adapt quickly

David Ospina

David Ospina says foreign players must learn to quickly adapt to the physicality of the Premier League.

The Colombian goalkeeper joined Arsenal last summer and has made a positive impression in his first season at the club.

While the goalkeeper is pleased with his performances, he insists English football takes some getting used to.

"There are strong players here in the Premier League, there is a lot of contact and referees let the players get on with it"

David Ospina

“I have already felt the pace and physicality of the Premier League but it’s something that you have to adapt to pretty quickly,” the 26-year-old told Arsenal.com.

“When you’re playing against a team who have a direct style like Crystal Palace, you have to really concentrate because they want to move forward quickly. They’re playing at home so they’ve got all their fans who will want to protect their back yard. We need to focus on our own game.

“There are strong players here in the Premier League and it’s not like they go on to the pitch with bad intentions, but there is a lot of contact and referees let the players get on with it. That’s something that you have to prepare for and be ready for in England.

“It’s a really special league. The important thing that distinguishes it from other leagues is that the players don’t take anything for granted until the referee blows the final whistle - anything could happen.”

David Ospina has become Arsenal's man man in the Premier League

David Ospina has become Arsenal's man man in the Premier League

 

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