Arsenal’s South American signing played major role for his country at World Cup
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Colombian goalkeeper and Arsenal summer signing David Ospina has been a victim of ‘post World Cup trauma’.
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Ospina is set to start just his second game for the Gunners, and his third appearance in total, against Hull City in the FA Cup after struggling with injuries since his summer move from Nice.
The Colombian will come into the starting XI, replacing Wojciech Szczesny who was heavily criticised by sections of the North London side’s support following their 2-0 defeat on New Year’s Day to Southampton.
“David had a difficult start to the season,” said Wenger, reports Daily Mail.
“When I speak about post-World Cup trauma, he is a big example, because he got injured during the World Cup and came back injured.
“Because he came to a new club, he wanted to get back fit as quickly as possible and got injured again.”
Ospina’s first and only start for the Gunners came in their 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to the Saints. He was brought on as a substitute against Galatasaray in the Champions League when Szczesny was sent off, but injured himself soon after and has since been out for several months.
“I believe he is a great goalkeeper with a good understanding of the game and fantastic reflexes,” added the Arsenal boss.
“He displayed that when he came on against Galatasaray at home in October. He made some fantastic saves and I think he has a great future.”