Arsene Wenger reveals desire to keep Arsenal back-up ace despite interest

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on keeping David Ospina as his No.2 goalkeeper rather than be forced to sell him this summer.

The 27-year-old made 12 appearances in all competitions last season, largely serving as a back-up option to Petr Cech and featured when the former Chelsea shot-stopper was ruled out with injury.

Aside from making a high-profile blunder in the Champions League against Olympiakos, the Colombian international impressed for the most part and returned to club duty this week after featuring in the Copa America.

As noted by ESPN FC, Besiktas have been monitoring his situation at the Emirates, but it’s claimed that Wenger has no intention of selling him this summer.

While Arsenal’s stance on the future of the goalkeeper is clear, it remains to be seen whether or not Ospina himself is content with being second choice and fighting to displace Cech for another year.

According to ESPN FC, Wojciech Szczesny looks likely to return to Roma for another season-long loan deal, which in turn leaves Emiliano Martinez as the third choice goalkeeper this season.

As Wenger continues to scour the market looking to strengthen his squad in other departments, the last thing that he arguably wants is to have to identify another goalkeeper to provide depth and competition.

More offers will likely roll in for Ospina after he impressed in the Copa America, but it remains to be seen if any can tempt Arsenal into discussing a deal with Wenger seemingly keen on keeping a player that he rates very highly after signing him from Nice in 2014.

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