Arsenal keeper David Ospina tells Premier League opponents: I like it rough

David Ospina says he is relishing the physical nature of English football.

Colombia World Cup keeper Ospina has grabbed his chance with both hands since replacing the dropped Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks for the gunners in recent weeks.

His three consecutive clean sheets have gone some way to answering concerns that, at 6ft, he may struggle in England due to a lack of height.

And Ospina, signed from French side Nice in the summer, said: “English football is very direct. You have to be focused for the entire 90 minutes because you can score or concede at any moment.

“The football here is really physical and nobody wants to give an inch - that’s what I think makes this great league so exciting and special.”

Ospina, 26, has benefitted from having Arsenal’s first-choice centre-back pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in front of him for the last two games.

He said: “They’ve helped a lot. They’re great players and great people. That has really helped me. They’re very experienced. We hope to keep winning, keep learning every day and keep making the most of the opportunities we get.

“[As a goalkeeper] you try to help the team by giving them confidence from the back and keeping a clean sheet.”



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