Arsenal’s David Ospina embracing ‘big responsibility’

David Ospina speaks of his admiration for Gunners legend David Seaman

David Ospina says it is a “big responsibility” to play for Arsenal as he looks to emulate legend David Seaman at the club.

The 26-year-old joined the Gunners last summer from Ligue 1 club Nice in a £3m deal after impressing at the World Cup for Colombia.

His excellent displays at last summer’s tournament helped his side reach the quarter-finals in Brazil, presuading Arsene Wenger to sign him.

There’s De Gea, Hugo Lloris, Hart – they’re great keepers who’ve proved their worth over the course of many seasons

David Ospina

The Arsenal No2 is now relishing the opportunity to play in a league that he has closely followed his throughout his life.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Ospina said: “I always watched the Premier League when I was in Colombia because that was one of the leagues they showed on television.”

“I see it as a big responsibility to come to a great club like Arsenal – it’s a dream come true.

“Now it’s my job to make the most of this opportunity that’s come my way, thanks to God and thanks to everyone here at the club.”

Ospina started his career at Atletico Nacional before joining Nice in 2008, where he made 189 league appearances for the French club.

His first start at Arsenal was in October in their 1-2 home defeat to Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

However, after spending most of the first half of the season on the bench, Ospina recently replaced Wojciech Szczesny as the first-choice keeper following the Pole’s poor run of form.

The Colombian has kept four clean sheets in as many matches in what have been very convincing displays.

Ospina added that his heroes from his younger days mainly included Colombia’s greatest-ever keepers, but he claims to have also admired many others that have come from Europe over the years.

“In Colombia everyone looks up to Rene Higuita,” Ospina continued.

“Then there were three other goalkeepers that were very important: Faryd Mondragon, Oscar Cordoba and the late Miguel Calero.

“They were very important to Colombian goalkeeping and achieved great things outside of the country.

“In Europe, I’ve always admired Iker Casillas. There’s Manuel Neuer now, who’s a great goalkeeper, and Buffon.

“You try to emulate them – they’ve won lots of titles playing for massive teams.”

Ospina also feels the Premier League has plenty of top goalkeepers, including his counterparts at Arsenal.

He added: “There are some very good goalkeepers in the Premier League, too.

“There’s De Gea, Hugo Lloris, Hart – they’re great keepers who’ve proved their worth over the course of many seasons and are continuing to do so now.

“At Arsenal we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez. The Premier League has always had top-quality goalkeepers.”

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