Happy Saturday all. If you’re in London, log off now and go outside. The weather’s lovely. Plus I really don’t have an awful lot for you.
Petr Cech’s transfer in reportedly set to be announced on Monday. In the increasingly unlikely event it is not, we can at least console ourselves with the superb performance of David Ospina in the Copa America early this morning.
Columbia eventually went out on penalties to Argentina after a goalless draw and only made it that far, thanks to inspired ‘keeping from the man who ended last season’s league campaign as Arsenal’s number one.
In front of a really raucious set of Columbia fans, who adopted our Oooooooospina! chant throughout the contest, the 26 year old produced a jaw-dropping double save in the first half, to first deny Sergio Aguero and then Lionel Messi from point-blank range. Truly astonishing stuff.
And although he had a couple of heart-in-mouth moments with the ball at his feet, he also produced another great save in the second period, diving sharply down to his left to deflect a low, driven effort onto the post. Again, top notch net guarding indeed. And as so often for us last season, for the most part the former Nice man exuded a welcome sense of calm in his defence, amidst a Messi-inspired Argentine onslaught.
Standing at just over six feet, Ospina admittedly doesn’t ‘fill’ a goal like many would like from their goalkeeper but from what I’ve seen from him these last twelve months, he doesn’t do a lot wrong. If the Fenerbache move does materialise, as looks likely, it will be weird seeing him depart so soon. That said, Cech is by all accounts an upgrade, so sentiments aside, moving him on is clearly the right thing for Arsenal to do if Ospina refuses to resume the role of number two.
But back to the game and naturally, I was hoping for more of the same from our ‘keeper in the shootout because his performance was deserving of him being on the winning side. But it wasn’t to be and Carlos Tevez eventually scored the decisive spot kick to take Argentina into the last four.
Lastly, there are some quotes from Chelsea ‘keepers coach Christophe Lollichon floating around, which suggest Chelsea may not allow him to follow Cech to Arsenal.
He told L’Equipe:
For now, it does not matter. No contact has been made. I do not know if this has been discussed between the two clubs, but I do not think Chelsea will be favourable.
See you tommorow.