Judging by his performance earlier this morning in the 2016 Copa America though, he could well fight for his place at club level yet.
Arsenal will host Basel on Sept. 28 in their next Group A Champions League game.
The man from Medellin - Colombia’s second city - was Arsène Wenger’s first-choice in the FA Cup, starting in rounds four, five and the quarter-final defeat to Watford.
Now firmly usurped by Petr Cech between the sticks at Arsenal, Ospina has been linked with a move away from the club, with Turkish side Besiktas apparently keen on offering the 27-year-old adequate game-time.
“There was a lot of pressure from the press,” Ospina says. “Nacional had always had really seasoned goalkeepers and they were already criticising the fact that here we were with a 17-year-old in the team. It was huge for me and very emotional, because Nacional was my team. I had always supported them. But thanks to God, everything went well and I was able to carve out a name for myself.”
The coaches at Club Deportivo could see he was destined for a professional career, none more so than Alexis García, a former Colombia midfielder, who led Nacional to the Copa Libertadores in 1989. García is from Medellín’s tough Chocó department and he founded Club Deportivo, a training school for youngsters, partly out of a desire to give something back. Ospina joined, aged seven and he would train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and play matches at weekends.
“We lost a lot of challenges in the middle of the park, but overall it's a good result and a good point. They started much stronger than us. They played at a very high pace but we were in trouble mainly when we lost the ball on the counter-attack. Even then, you could see we would be dangerous and create chances if we managed to keep the ball better.
Captain Laurent Koscielny admitted that Arsenal had been “asleep” at the start of the game. “We need to change this,” he said.
Having kept a clean sheet in his national side’s 2-0 over the United States in Group A, David Ospina could be forgiven for feeling confident heading into the crucial second group game against Paraguay.
Injury to Cech in March 2016 meant David was called upon to make four successive Premier League appearances, the first of which was a fiercely-contested north London derby at White Hart Lane.
“He showed his detractors, those who doubted him, that he is a very good goalkeeper,” said Wenger.
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Opsina played just four league games last season, with Petr Cech the first-choice in goal since joining from Chelsea last June.
García took him under his wing. “Alexis and his family were so welcoming to me,” Ospina says. “I even went off with them to what are known as holiday houses. We’d still train and Alexis and his brothers would have penalty shootouts with me in goal. They’d make little bets with each other but they could not score past me. I would have been 10 or 11 at the time.”
"It's important to have clear rules like that. They know what the rules are for the season. It's down to performances."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested that David Ospina will retain his place in the team's next Champions League clash following the goalkeeper's heroics in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Paris St Germain.
“Who is James Rodríguez? Who is he?” Ospina says with a smile, slipping into English for the only time during the interview. “We were very pleased with how the World Cup went but, at the same time, with the players we had, we felt we could have gone that bit further. It was frustrating to lose to Brazil. But, of course, we were proud and obviously happy with all the doors that opened for us afterwards.”
Ospina is known for his athletic and acrobatic saves and fast reflexes, which have led people to compare him to former Colombian international Faryd Mondragón.
David Ospina Ramírez (born 31 August 1988) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Arsenal.
After Ospina's performances at the 2014 World Cup and his rejection of a contract extension, he was linked to many European sides. Despite being heavily linked to Atlético Madrid, Puel announced that Ospina would depart the club to join English side Arsenal.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2016.
"On what he delivered, he has the right to stay in the team for the next Champions League game."
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Wenger expected Ospina to feature more for the club this season.
“When you start so badly against a team of that quality, if you have no experience or are too young, you can be caught. The resilience is linked to experience. I told the players at half-time that if we kept the ball, we'd come back because we were dangerous when we had good possession of the ball.”
Ospina made only two appearances for Arsenal in the first half of the season: against Southampton in the Capital One Cup exit on 23 September and Galatasaray in the Champions League one week later, when he came on as a substitute after Wojciech Szczesny’s sending-off. He suffered thigh damage against the Turkish club which would rule him out for almost three months. The problem, according to Arsène Wenger, was that he had not been able to warm up properly.
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It was slightly different at Arsenal. Ospina was one of the stars of Colombia’s bolt to the quarter-finals of the World Cup last summer – they lost to the hosts, Brazil, on a tumultuous night in Fortaleza – and that only added to the frustration he felt over his first five months in England.
Wenger urged both Giroud and Verratti to plead their innocence to referee Vikto Kassai. Giroud was adamant that he had been sent off even though Kassai had not seen the incident. “I couldn’t work out the red cards,” said Wenger.
Edinson Cavani was especially profligate for PSG, with manager Unai Emery admitted that he needs to work on his striker’s confidence. “Once you have optimism, that's when you start to score goals,” said Emery.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that goalkeeper David Ospina can replicate this awesome form if he stays at the Emirates next season.
Giroud and Marco Verratti were both sent off for second bookings after only the most minor stand-off in added time, with PSG defender Marquinhos actually the main aggressor by joining the dispute and shoving Giroud.
He made five appearances at the 2016 Copa America Centenario, keeping three clean sheets and saving a crucial penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out win over Peru. Colombia eventually finished third, with David impressing throughout the tournament.
“I was very small at the time. In fact, I was the smallest person on the team,” Ospina says. But he has never been a player to lack the courage of his convictions. His baptism between the sticks went well and Castañeda encouraged him to give the position a try over the following two weeks. It continued to go well and, it is fair to say, Ospina has not looked back since.
Ospina said Wenger had told him he would begin the season as Szczesny’s understudy. “When I signed, he was very clear on that with me. But in my mind I was coming to Arsenal and I wanted to show what I could do.”
“It was all about being there at that specific time and specific place,” Ospina says. “After that first training session, the coach said he could see that I had the necessary attributes to play in goal. And, after those two weeks, it became my position.”
Ospina made his first start for Arsenal of the 2016–17 season in the club's opening game in the UEFA Champions League Group-stage against French champions Paris Saint Germain, producing a man-of-the-match performance as Arsenal drew 1–1; Ospina himself drew praise for many saves made during the game, mainly against striker Edinson Cavani.
Ospina began his career at Atlético Nacional, making his debut with the club in 2005. After achieving two domestic titles with Los Verdolagas, Ospina joined French side Nice. In 2014, he joined Arsenal on a four-year deal.
“The ball was on the other side. Giroud’s first yellow card was very harsh, not even a foul. For the second, he tells me he has done nothing at all. Olivier is honest so I believe him. Verratti also told me he did nothing. I told them both to go to the referee and tell him.”
Edinson Cavani had scored for PSG in the first minute and, while Wenger felt Arsenal might have been tense, he claimed that the team’s experience was decisive in still creating Alexis Sanchez with the chance to equalise. “Maybe we were a bit nervous,” said Wenger.
Arsene Wenger has strongly suggested that David Ospina will keep Petr Cech out of his Champions League team after claiming that the Colombian had proved his doubters wrong in rescuing a point on Tuesday night for Arsenal against Paris St Germain.