David Ospina didn’t fill many Arsenal fans with confidence during his performance against Manchester City but he did have his moments.
The goalkeeper was standing in for the injured Petr Cech and although Arsenal’s defence (cough Hector Bellerin cough) was a shambles, he really could have done better for the first City goal. The Colombian came rushing out, allowing the pacey Leroy Sane to simply skip past him and slot the ball home.
For the second City goal, which was again accompanied by terrible Arsenal defending, Ospina allowed Sergio Aguero’s shot to roll underneath him.
Although he shouldn’t be held 100% accountable for both goals, it’d be nice if he at least looked as if he knew what he was doing.
There was also a moment right at the beginning of the second half in which Gabriel and Ospina both decided to play the ball between them. Gabriel thought it would be a great idea to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was under pressure from City players, forcing Ospina to slice the ball out wide.
However, our second choice goalkeeper did pull off some decent saves, particularly in the second half. His shot-stopping isn’t bad, it’s just his ability to hold onto the ball. He’s the opposite of ‘safe hands’ because he’s either punching or pushing it into danger.
Against City though, Ospina managed three saves to Willy Caballero’s one and made the same amount of claims (1). After Arsenal had equalised, he pulled off a stunning save at point-blank range to prevent City from going ahead again.
It’s wasn’t the best performance but it wasn’t terrible either.
Stats via Who Scored.