By Amir Mir
Goalkeeper David Ospina has expressed his desire to remain at Arsenal this season even though he will have to play second fiddle to Petr Cech.
Ospina was targeted by Turkish giants Besiktas last summer and again in January but manager Arsene Wenger kept the Colombian to understudy Cech.
Ospina revealed he is “happy” at Emirates as the Gunners’ third senior keeper Wojciech Szczesny prepares to arrive in Italy on Wednesday to put the finishing touches to a second consecutive loan move to Roma.
Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website on Monday that Szczesny is set to undergo a medical with the Serie A club on Thursday to finalise the transfer.
Ospina, 27, has made only 22 league appearances for Arsenal since his £3million move from Nice in 2014, spending most of that period deputising Szczesny and Cech.
“I have a contract with Arsenal, I’m happy with the team,” said Ospina of his future, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“We are fighting for the top of the league. Now we have two weeks until we start the season. These friendlies serve us very well.”
Cech made an £11million switch last summer from Premier League rivals Chelsea and made an instant impression for the north London club by keeping 16 clean sheets last term.
Wenger will now prepare for a tricky opening fixture against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on August 13 as the new Premier League season edges closer.
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