Arsene Wenger says David Ospina deserves praise for his performance in Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Ludogorets after the Colombian made vital interventions when the Gunners’ advantage was still slender.
The 28-year-old, in the side in place of Petr Cech, was called into action three times in the space of ten first half minutes as the Bulgarians threatened an equaliser.
Having already stopped a shot from Jonathan Cafu, Ospina bailed out Mustafi with a brave dive at the feet of Virgil Misidjan. Minutes later he denied Misidjan again with some crafty, albeit slightly dangerous, hand work on the edge of his area.
“We scored early and maybe we eased off a bit too early,” said Wenger after the game.
“It’s funny because the more goals we scored, the better we defended. In the first half it’s true that we were sometimes in danger with runs coming from deep. The strikers came into midfield, flooded the midfield and got them out of pressure. Then we were in trouble twice.
“We’d like to give credit to Ospina who saved us twice with very important saves.”
Ospina, who was the Gunners man of the match against PSG on Champions League matchday one, will likely return to the bench for Saturday’s game with Middlesbrough. He’ll likely resume his place between the sticks in two weeks time when Arsenal look to seal qualification from away at Ludogorets.