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Penalty hero David Ospina to decide Arsenal future after Copa America

Penalty hero David Ospina to decide Arsenal future after Copa America

  • Ospina was man of the match as Colombia beat Peru to reach semi-finals
  • Arsenal keeper made just four appearances in Premier League last season
  • Colombia will play either Mexico or Chile in the last four of Copa America

Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina has cast doubt on his future at Arsenal after keeping his side in the Copa America Centenario.

He saved Miguel Trauco’s penalty following a 0-0 draw with Peru, with Colombia eventually winning 4-2 in the shoot-out to reach the semi-finals.

Ospina also made a fine save from Christian Ramos’ header in stoppage time as Peru threatened to snatch a late winner.

James Rodriguez embraces his team-mate David Ospina as Colombia reach the Copa America last four

The Arsenal keeper made an acrobatic save to deny Peru's Miguel Trauco in the penalty shootout

The Arsenal keeper made an acrobatic save to deny Peru’s Miguel Trauco in the penalty shootout

Real Madrid superstar James goes to congratulate Ospina - who is also his brother-in-law

Real Madrid superstar James goes to congratulate Ospina – who is also his brother-in-law

Asked by Sportsmail if he would be staying at Arsenal next season, Ospina replied: ‘I don’t know, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Now I want to continue focusing on the Copa America. We will see what’s going to happen.’

In the 2015-16 campaign he was No 2 to Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal and it has led to speculation he will move elsewhere in the summer, seeking a first-team place after just playing four times in the Premier League last season.

For now, though, he is focused on trying to win the Copa America with Colombia. 

Asked whether he would prefer Mexico or Chile in the semi final, he said: ‘They are both important teams. They both have good players so whatever happens it will be a tough game, a very intense game.’

The 27-year-old, who only made four appearances for Arsenal last season, pulled out some incredible saves

The 27-year-old, who only made four appearances for Arsenal last season, pulled out some incredible saves

James insists Colombia have no preference between facing Mexico and Chile in the semi-finals

James insists Colombia have no preference between facing Mexico and Chile in the semi-finals

Colombia players race to celebrate with their man-of-the-match goalkeeper after the winning save

Colombia players race to celebrate with their man-of-the-match goalkeeper after the winning save

Even if Arsene Wenger doesn’t consider the goalkeeper worthy of being his regular stopper, Ospina has an admirer in James Rodriguez.

The Real Madrid star praised him after the game. ‘He’s a great, I hope he’s here for us many more times. I love him a lot, he knows that. Today and always he’s been there. I think he’s the best.’

James is married to Opsina’s sister Daniela, making them brothers-in-law.

  

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