David Ospina has spoken about the influences on his goalkeeping style, the pressures of being a keeper and why he loves being between the sticks so much.
Ospina has been the number two goalkeeper at Arsenal since arriving from Nice in 2014. He’s been handed a run in the first-team every now and then, but mostly features in the cup matches for the Gunners.
While Petr Cech continues to keep him out of the side in the Premier League, Ospina aims to continue learning and developing every day. “I’ve always studied other keepers,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I tried to notice what each keeper did really well, but it’s important to develop your own style – a style that works for you. You need to have a strong character as well as being patient and calm.”
Ospina spoke about how the role requires a lot of concentration and a thick skin, as any mistakes will be magnified.
“In some matches, the ball might only come near you two or three times, yet those moments can be decisive. If you are not focused, and living every moment of the match, you can be caught out suddenly. It’s very hard to maintain focus, so you have to work at it.”
The Colombian has certainly made some errors during his Arsenal career. The worst was, perhaps, dropping the ball into his own goal in a 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos in 2015. Despite that, Ospina is determined to enjoy playing in his position and prove his quality to Arsenal.
Ospina has been linked with a move away from the club on a number of occasions. He looked certain to leave last summer in pursuit of more first-team football, but was convinced to stay at the Emirates and fight for his place.
While Cech is the first-choice goalkeeper, Ospina has been getting games in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup, and should feature in the FA Cup next month.