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David Ospina determined to join elite goalkeepers' club


Goalkeeper David Ospina says he wants to take advantage of being a regular for Arsenal to become one of the best goalkeepers in the game.

The 26-year-old unexpectedly took over from Wojciech Szczesny after the Poland international smoked in the showers after the New Year's Day loss at Southampton.

And with four clean sheets in all competitions since taking over from the Pole, Ospina is eager to emulate the likes of Iker Casillas, Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon.

"I always watched the Premier League when I was in Colombia because that was one of the leagues they showed on television," Ospina told Arsenal Player.

"I see it as a big responsibility to come to a great club like Arsenal - it's a dream come true. Now it's my job to make the most of this opportunity that's come my way, thanks to God and thanks to everyone here at the club.

"In Colombia everyone looks up to Rene Higuita. Then there were three other goalkeepers that were very important: Faryd Mondragon, Oscar Cordoba and the late Miguel Calero. They were very important to Colombian goalkeeping and achieved great things outside of the country.

"In Europe, I've always admired Iker Casillas. There's Manuel Neuer now, who's a great goalkeeper, and [Gianluigi] Buffon. You try to emulate them - they've won lots of titles playing for massive teams.

"There are some very good goalkeepers in the Premier League, too. There's [David] De Gea, Hugo Lloris, [Joe] Hart - they're great keepers who've proved their worth over the course of many seasons and are continuing to do so now.

"At Arsenal we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez. The Premier League has always had top-quality goalkeepers."

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