At the rate things are going in Naples, the clause in David Ospina’s loan deal sending him to the south of Italy from Arsenal should be triggered before next season.
We aren’t saying that because it’s been reported elsewhere, but because his performances are currently earning him a prolonged stay, especially after yet another tough game against Paris Saint-Germain.
All three Italian newspapers who covered the game in detail are in agreement over this, and while they all gave him 6/10s for the game, the words they use to describe his performance suggest it should’ve been much higher.
Local newspaper Il Mattino, for example, describes his situational awareness as ‘perfect’ when it comes to ‘potentially dangerous’ chances, and love the fact he’s always one step ahead in his head.
Gazzetta dello Sport concur, impressed by how ‘attentive’ he was, especially on his save from Kylian Mbappé’s header on a corner.
As for Corriere dello Sport, they feel his mission was accomplished on Tuesday night, even if the methods used ‘aren’t always orthodox’.
Despite Alex Meret, on whom the club spent close to £20m in the summer, being close to a return from a forearm injury, it seems unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti will displace the Arsenal loanee anytime soon.
It appears the Gunners’ goalkeeper has found his new home, but he still needs to continue impressing because that clause won’t trigger itself.