David Ospina Is Leaving Arsenal After Making 29 Appearances In 5 Years

David Ospina will be making a permanent move this summer to Napoli for £3.5 million according to Carlo Ancelotti.

The keeper has been at Arsenal for over five years but never managed to gain the number one spot.

The Colombian joined The Gunners in 2014 from Nice and appeared 70 times for Arsenal in all competitions.

After the signing of Bernd Leno last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, Ospina was pushed to third in the pecking order so went on loan to Napoli.

As part of the loan deal there is an clause in the keeper’s contract which states that if Ospina is to make 30 appearances the deal becomes a permanent one for £3.5 million.

The 30-year-old has been having a successful season in Italy making 17 appearances so far.

He said to Radio Blu: “My current situation is that I am on loan for this season and there’s a clause based on the number of games, so if I play regularly, it’ll become an automatic purchase.

“When the situation doesn’t depend on me, all I can do is wait for the decisions to be made by Napoli.

Napoli spent £30 million last summer on keeper Alex Meret who’s been injured for the start of the season.

Ospina said: “The club had just spent a lot of money on Meret, a young goalkeeper with a great future ahead of him, so I knew that when he came back from injury, this might happen.”

Meret started the game against FC Zurich in the Europa League the other day. If Meret manages to secure the number one spot then Ospina’s 30 appearances clause could be in jeopardy.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said:

“Ospina was meant to play on Thursday in the Europa League, but wasn’t feeling up to it, so I switched things around and used him tonight instead.

“Ospina will remain at Napoli next season, regardless of how many games he plays.”