David Ospina is not used to sitting on the bench.
A player who has been first choice for the majority of his career, he has revealed that he arrived at Arsenal knowing that he would play second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny, an assertion Arsene Wenger made when he signed the Colombian in the summer.
Fast forward a few months, throw in a horror show at St Mary’s and suddenly the World Cup star is starting games for Arsenal with no sign of the number one shirt being taken away from him any time soon.
Speaking to the Guardian, the 26-year-old made his first-team breakthrough aged just 17 and he hasn’t looked back since.
“When I signed, he [Wenger] was very clear on that with me. But in my mind I was coming to Arsenal and I wanted to show what I could do.
“In truth, when you get used to playing all the time and being on stage, you always want to do that.
“And so, when it’s not like that, it is a difficult time. But I think that when you are going through difficult times, you have to ensure you are working twice as hard and you are always prepared. You have to hold your head up, too. You can’t be moping and all downtrodden. You need to be prepared in training during these difficult moments and just be ready to grasp any opportunity when it comes.”
Round here at Cannon Towers we’re yet to be convinced by Ospina.
A solid enough keeper, he has shown a lack of domination in the area and has been culpable on a few occasions when Arsenal have conceded.
Quite what the future holds for him and the younger Pole is not clear.
Wenger seems to have been overly harsh with Woj, affording many keepers in the past much more leeway for errors, keepers who were significantly older and more experienced.
Will he be offered another chance should Ospina open the door? Only time will tell, I guess, but Ospina won’t be giving up the shirt any time soon if his favourite Arsenal moment so far is anything to go by.
What was it?
“The day that I arrived. It was when the scale of the club hit home.”