Arsenal transfer news: CONFIRMED - David Ospina joins in £3.5m deal

The goalkeeper arrives after impressing with Colombia at the World Cup

Arsenal have completed the signing of a second star of the World Cup with confirmation that Colombia international David Ospina has joined the club.

The goalkeeper has signed a long-term contract, thought to be a four-year deal, after a fee in the region of £3.5m was agreed with Nice.

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The 25-year-old was among the stand-out performers during the summer carnival in Brazil and will arrive at the Emirates to provide competition for first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

His arrival follows that of Chile international Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, another player who impressed at the World Cup.

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Arsene Wenger has been on the look out for a new goalkeeper after Lukasz Fabianski left to join Swansea. Despite the signing of Ospina, reports suggest a move for Real Madrid and Spain stopper Iker Casillas has not been entirely ruled out.

Wenger told Arsenal's official website: "David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia.

"He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us."

 

The keeper is expected to make his first appearance for Arsenal during the Emirates Cup friendly tournament, which takes place in north London next weekend.

Ospina made 189 Ligue 1 appearances over six years with Nice having joined the south coast club from Colombian club Atletico Nacional in 2008.

He made his senior debut for Atletico aged just 17 and has been a full Colombia international since 2007, making his first start for Los Cafeteros in a 2010 World Cup qualification match against Bolivia.

 

Nice coach Claude Puel on Saturday night confirmed Ospina's move to London had been ratified and told Gunners fans they could expect some "quality" displays from the new signing.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after Nice's friendly defeat to Brentford, Puel said: "It's confirmed, yes.

"It's a good affair for Arsenal because he's a very good player. You will see next season the quality of this player.

"It's fantastic for him. It's important for him to try another league, another club and Arsenal is a fantastic club for him.

"David Ospina can take the goalkeeping position at Arsenal because his qualities are very strong and... 'magnifique'. You saw in the World Cup how important a goalkeeper he is.

"For me, David can impose his quality, he's a goalkeeper who is very good with the feet, with his arms, he knows football and he's a very, very good player."

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