Arsenal pursuing World Cup standout to replace Fabianski

Julian Finney

We're not going to have two Poles in goal anymore.

Lukasz Fabianski decided he'd seen enough of the Arsenal bench, and so when his contract ran out at the end of last season he got out of Dodge and headed to Swansea City. And so, Arsenal are without a backup goalkeeper - but that may not be the case for too much longer.

According to reports from Colombia and good ol' John Cross, Arsenal are close to signing David Ospina, last seen in the World Cup quarterfinal playing for Colombia. We've also got some Argentinian media on board, so let's get the party started.

Cross reports that Ospina could be had from Nice in Ligue 1 for only about £3 million, and after Colombia conceded only four goals in their five games in World Cup play (two in their loss to Brazil in the quarterfinal), that's not a bad price. Other options, like David Marshall from Cardiff City or Alex McCarthy from Reading, would likely cost more. And Ospina has performed on the biggest stage - yes, only for a few games, but still - so there's a little reassurance that he'd be able to handle the step up.

Ospina is only 25, so he could also be around for a while. We'll see in the coming days whether he's the final choice.

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