Ospina leaves Arsenal on Napoli loan ahead of €5m transfer

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The Colombia international goalkeeper has completed a move to Italy on Serie A deadline day after slipping down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium

David Ospina has completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Napoli, with the Serie A side having a €5 million (£4m/$6m) purchase option.

The Colombia international goalkeeper has headed for the exits at Emirates Stadium after slipping down the pecking order.

Having competed with Petr Cech for starting duties in recent years, the 29-year-old saw Unai Emery bring in Bernd Leno over the summer .

Ospina had already been considering a move before that deal was done, with regular game time proving hard to come by in north London.

He conceded ahead of World Cup 2018 duty that he would be weighing up his options , and the decision has been taken to make a fresh start.

Napoli moved to secure his services on Serie A deadline day.

A statement released by the Italian club on their official website read: “SSC Napoli have officially acquired the services of David Ospina from Arsenal with the details of the loan including a purchase option.”

Ospina had been at Arsenal since 2014, when he was acquired from Nice.

He made 70 appearances for the Gunners across four seasons, but only 29 of those outings came in the Premier League.

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The South American will be hoping to be a more prominent figure at Napoli, who have been in the market for a proven performer between the sticks.

Having seen Pepe Reina depart at the end of his contract and link up with AC Milan , an important position has come up for grabs.

Ospina is ready to step into the void, with it now up to him to prove his worth and ensure that a permanent transfer clause is triggered in the summer of 2019.