David Ospina has been Arsenal’s European goalkeeper this season, playing in all our Champions League games thus far.
It’s Arsene Wenger’s way of keeping his two goalkeepers happy, and the Colombian has put in some excellent performances, not least in the reverse fixture in Paris when he made some crucial interventions to keep Arsenal in the game.
Ospina was on duty alongside his manager at the press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s game, and he said the rivalry between himself and the former Czech international is a healthy one.
Asked how it feels to play in Europe, but then sit on the bench for the league games, the former Nice man admitted it was difficult.
“You have to show what you can do in training, you have to be very mentally tough,” he said.
“I compete with Petr Cech for the position, and we both want to play. So there is competition for places. It’s important, that rivalry.
“He’s a very good goalkeeper. We’re all familiar with how good he is. That allows me to have fierce competition so I work as hard as I can to play.
“As footballers, we want to play in every match, but you have to respect the manager’s decision.”
Let’s hope that competition between them keeps them both on their toes, if it does it will serve us well.