Despite ending the season as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper in the league, and some impressive, if ultimately meaningless win-ratio statistics, David Ospina's time at the Emirates could be over after just one season. According to Haberturk.com, Ospina is set to move to Fenerbahce for €5.5m, with final negotiations to take place after Ospina returns from Copa America duty with Colombia.
The usual skepticism should, of course, apply, especially as the Turkish press are not the most reliable when it comes to transfer news. But the story makes sense for two reasons. The first is Petr Cech's impending arrival, a deal that seems to inch closer to the finish line every passing day. With Cech arriving, Arsenal would need to move one of David Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny, as neither would likely be happy with being the third-choice keeper.
It had been thought that Szczesny would be the goalkeeper to be moved on, but the player spoke publicly about wanting to stay at Arsenal, and The Telegraph report that Szczesny is aware of Cech's arrival and is keen to fight with the 33-year old for the #1 spot. The Telegraph also report that Szczesny believes he could learn a lot from the experienced Czech Republic international, with a view to improving his own game so that he can strengthen his claim to replace him in the long-term.
If Szczesny is indeed staying, then it makes sense to move on Ospina; the Colombian was a viable #2, but despite keeping 8 clean sheets in 18 games, he does not inspire confidence with his conservative keeping style, and has been found wanting on occasions, notably when moving across his goal line to try and save headers. Szczesny is a better goalkeeper, and hopefully the arrival and competition of Petr Cech will finally force him to lose some of the complacency that has plagued Szczesny during his career at Arsenal. At 25, there is still much to come in goalkeeping terms from the Pole, and he has far more to offer long-term than Ospina.