David Ospina found himself on the bench again as Napoli beat Fiorentina 1-0 at the weekend.
The Colombian, who hopes to do enough to seal a permanent move away from Arsenal, was thrust into goal when he arrived due to an injury to their first-choice keeper, Alex Meret.
It was expected that Ospina would drop to the bench when the 21-year-old returned from his broken arm, however, Carlo Ancelotti dropped Ospina this weekend, opting to start 33-year-old Orestis Karnezis instead.
Both keepers have played two Serie A games this season after signing for the Italians in the summer, but the older keeper has conceded one goal to Ospina’s five goals conceded from five shots faced.
Recently, Ospina revealed that he had other offers to leave Arsenal. Speaking to the media in his home country ahead of the international fixtures, Ospina explained why he chose the Serie A side.
“It was fast,” Ospina said. “We had other offers on the table and Napoli came in last and the decision was made to face this project, [I am] grateful to the manager [Carlo Ancelotti] for this confidence that he has shown me.
“[I feel] happy, [I’m] adapting as quickly as possible. I’ve been there for 2 weeks and I’m very happy to get to Napoli”
Napoli have an option to buy Ospina at the end of his loan deal but it is unlikely he will convince them to part with more cash for his signature if he can’t even convince them to start him ahead of the man who was Watford’s reserve keeper last season. Karnezis signed for the Hornets on loan and couldn’t get past 37-year-old Heurelho Gomes on a regular basis until the tail-end of the season. He played 16 times to Gomes’ 26.
Ospina will still have one year left on his Arsenal contract when his loan finished.