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David Ospina signs for Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski's replacement is here.

Adam Pretty

Arsenal have officially announced the signing of goalkeeper David Ospina from Ligue 1 club Nice. As per usual there's no information from the club on how much they've paid, but according to pervasive reports Arsenal have paid only around £3 million for the player. For a backup goalkeeper that's a pretty decent fee; for one of Ospina's caliber, it's stellar business.

Ospina performed well at the World Cup (giving up only four goals in five games, including two in Colombia's quarterfinal loss to Brazil), so one would expect that there would be other clubs in for him, either for more money or with more available playing time. He was good for Nice as well, keeping a clean sheet in nearly half his appearances while making over a hundred saves in 29 games. Nice were fifth in Ligue 1 in shots conceded, and Ospina's save percentage was over 80%. So that's pretty impressive.

Ospina will not simply be a backup, but will actively compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the starting spot, as Arsène Wenger mentioned multiple times during this past weekend that that would be the case. He's good enough to mount a challenge and at the very least keep Szczesny on his toes. All in all, this is a really good signing in my book.