New Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will prove a fantastic addition for the club, according to his former manager Claude Puel.
Puel managed Ospina at Ligue 1 side Nice for the past two campaigns, after the Colombian first arrived at the club from Atletico Nacional in 2008, going on to appear in 189 games during his six-season stint in France.
Having also impressed for his national side during their run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil this summer, the Frenchman understands his keeper’s decision to move to the Premier League and has backed the 48-times capped international to be a great success in England.
‘It's a good deal for Arsenal because he's a very good player. Next season you will see the quality he brings,’ he said of the 25-year-old shot-stopper.
‘It's fantastic for him. It's important for him to try another league, another club and Arsenal is a fantastic club for him.
‘David can take the goalkeeping position at Arsenal because his qualities are very strong and... “magnifique”. You saw in the World Cup how important a goalkeeper he is.
‘For me, he can impose his quality,’ he added. ‘He's a goalkeeper who is very good with the feet, with his arms, he knows football and he's a very, very good player.’
Arriving for around £3 million, Ospina will have a job on his hands to unseat incumbent starter Wojciech Szczesny's, with Arsene Wenger recently confirming that the Polish shot-stopper would remain his first-choice for the start of the season.
However, if the long-time number one falters at all over the course of the campaign then, judging by the Colombian's recent displays for club and country, the Gunners have a worthy replacement at their disposal.
Will Ospina be able to unseat Szczesny this season?