As a younger goalkeeper, Ospina was always a heart attack waiting to happen when he was coming out for crosses. Either he’d misplay the ball or would get smashed by another player (friend or foe) in the process. Ever since he arrived at Nice in Ligue Un, that part of his game improved exponentially.
Being at a club like Atlético Nacional as well as part of the Colombian U-20 team back in 2005 was also a tremendous learning experience. That club, according to many, was one of the best youth sides that Colombia ever had if you start to look at the names. Radamel Falcao García, Camilo Zúñiga, Abel Aguilar, Fredy Guarín, Carlos Valdés, Cristián Zapata, as well as David, were part of the 2010 World Cup side in Brazil. Edwin Valencia was on the World Cup side until an injury forced him out of the squad. Ospina was the youngest player on that squad at 16, albeit he was a backup to Libis Arenas in that tournament.
“He’s a very young goalkeeper but with excellent skill set. I wish him the best.”-
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo
The experience he gained throughout his career helped him become one of the most solid South American goalkeepers of the past few years. It was an easy choice for many to see that Ospina was the most consistent keepers in the last South American World Cup qualifiers. He was also one of the players in his position that were able to shine the brightest in one of the highest scoring World Cups ever.
Yet, the most important observation that needs to be made is his contribution to help keep Nice afloat in Ligue 1 the past few years. Claude Puel’s side was one of the youngest sides in the league and had the worst offensive output as well. Despite these numbers, Ospina was amongst the best in the league. He was fourth in goals against average (0.86) and tied for third in clean sheets with 13 alongside Monaco’s Danijel Subasic.
There is no doubt in the minds of many that Ospina could be the starter at Arsenal sooner rather than later. If that does indeed occur, the question will not be when will Szczesny get a start. The question will be is which goalkeeper will be the one that can inherit Ospina’s position in the years to come. Until now, he will have to prove himself once more, like he did when he first started.