27 July 2014 12:06
Arsenal have signed David Ospina for an undisclosed fee after an impressive World Cup campaign for the Colombia goalkeeper.
Ospina, who brings to an end his six-year association with Nice, has agreed a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium and will compete with Wojciech Szczesny for a starting berth.
The 25-year-old was an integral part of the Colombia side that reached the quarter-finals in Brazil before being beaten by the hosts, with his displays bringing him to the attention of Arsene Wenger.
“David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia,” the Arsenal manager told the club’s official website.
“He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.”
Ospina, who was embroiled in a relegation battle last term as Nice finished just two points above the drop zone, joins defender Mathieu Debuchy and forward Alexis Sanchez in completing a close-season move to Arsenal.
Wenger’s side will be looking to build on a promising campaign last time out as the club ended a nine-year trophy drought and spent more than 100 days at the summit of the Premier League before finishing fourth.