Asano wants more goals. Ospina eager for game time

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Takuma Asano is frustrated he’s not scored more goals for Stuttgart this season, however, his coach, Hannes Wolf, says the Japan international is proving ‘very valuable’ to the Bundesliga 2 leaders.

The 22-year-old agreed a move to the Mercedes Benz Arena in the summer after signing for Arsenal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima and has since scored two goals in 15 league appearances.

Reflecting on his form in Germany, Asano told Kicker.de, “I’m not really happy. It is important for goalscoring players to score goals.”

“It bothers him much more than me,” said Wold in response. “With his speed and quality he’ll go far as a forward and will also score goals.”

Stuttgart’s technical director Jan Schindelmeiser has also been impressed, noting: “He is extremely hard-working, ready to run in both directions and he also creates opportunities for the others.

“When he make runs from deep there are spaces for others to take advantage of.”

Elsewhere, David Ospina says he’d like to play more first team football at Arsenal. The Colombia international has been confined to Champions League football this season, although rumours suggest he could usurp Petr Cech this weekend after the Czech’s gaffe at Chelsea.

Speaking to Direct TV Sports, the back-up keeper said: “I’d like to have more regular game time that I don’t at the moment have at Arsenal. That’s very important and it’s something that’s been in my mind for a while.

He added: “With Petr we have a great friendship, he’Is a good person. We both know that the other wants to play and these are decisions that must be respected.”

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Brandon
Brandon

As much as I love cech I would like to see wenger be abit cold hearted with some player, maybe give ospina ago, Gibbs too perhaps?

Jack
Jack

Ospina to start this weekend. Thumbs up for agree, thumbs down for disagree!

Beezus Fuffoon
Beezus Fuffoon

Cheers for clarifying the thumbs up/thumbs down system, man! ?

MartyParty
MartyParty

haha boom.

N11gooner
N11gooner

Obviously cech is still a top gk but this pattern of hardly ever keeping clean sheet is worrying me a little but ospina scares me as well. I don’t know who I’d choose and that’s why I’m not a manager and just a fickle fan! Whoever plays, I’m behind them.. COYG

spinner
spinner

The inability to save a penalty and getting beaten on near posts is also worrying.
You have to give him credit for the assist for Cesc though.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

No keeper is supposed to save penalties, and Cech actually has a better career record than Ospina on penalties, so it’s pretty picayune to make that into a bone of contention.

spinner
spinner

If no keeper is supposed to save a penalty, then why do they bother standing between the goalposts when the kick is taken?

I’m not bothered about Cech’s career history. I’m bothered about what he does now. And his form and level performances are way below expectations for a keeper that was supposed to save us 10 points a season.

Mpls
Mpls

I agree in principle GK’s stopping a penalty is a bonus, not base expectation. But man, I really wish Petr would just stay put for the reaction save and at least have a solid chance at the ones that go straight up the middle.

Who knows, knowing that option is gone he might at least cause a couple to miss with the lower % tries.

IamaGoober
IamaGoober

Yeah but if he stands still for a penalty then it just looks like he isnt trying if the striker hits it into a corner. Penalty kicks are definitely getting harder for keepers to save now because they have so much information. The keepers almost know too much. They now know where the striker has hit his last 5 or whatever penalties, and any good striker knows that too, so they definitely play on that decision making a lot I think. And iI think it potentially clouds a keepers mind, so they don’t focus on the moment and try and read the players run up and body language.

TheNicolau15
TheNicolau15

Its very refreshing to see someone realize himself as a fan than being like a crap nonsense guy who thinks he knows more than a guy who spends the entire day training with the keepers.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Bring back Szczęsny. I like Wojciech as a keeper, even like his craziness.

MartyParty
MartyParty

reminds me of an invincible german guy ….

Haj Dadzie
Haj Dadzie

Let’s give Ospina a chance

Jim wall
Jim wall

Cheq was one of the best keepers in the world, but he has declined a lot, I think its time for ospina ,he needs a run of games,its time for wenger to get strong and drop players who are not performing …cheq..coq..ozil..Walcott

Arthur
Arthur

Those three especially need to be dropped, especially Ozil

musajja
musajja

Sczeny

shokim
shokim

Hi Arsene, please drop Cech and put Ospina in goal this weekend.

Thanks,
A Fan

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

“It bothers him much more than me,” said Wold in response.

This is a nice man.

Lula da Gilberto
Lula da Gilberto

Asano looks alright. One to keep an eye on, for sure.

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

Slightly wierd goal celebration though. Still, if he comes to play at Arsenal, I’d be more than happy to see it.

Rage
Rage

Wouldn’t it make sense to give Ospina a run out in the league before the game against Bayern.

Geocross
Geocross

About Asano I just think it will be the same as all japanese players that come to Arsenal… you know. For the other matter, even by being colombian I think Cech is a more complete (but not too much) goalkeeper than Ospina. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, so I think Cech is still capable, but if Ospina is given the chance I will be happy because he has the level to be the No.1 at the club… we’ll see.

Xhaquelin

Also give game time to that Ainsley kid, he looks very solid.

Sidkid
Sidkid

About the GK situation .. buy Joe Hart .. sell Ospina .. move Cech to second choice .. Szczesny to remain in Rome for another 4 years