Arsene Wenger’s confirmation that David Ospina will start in goal tomorrow night for Arsenal has shocked absolutely nobody.
Despite newspaper reports feigning surprise that Petr Cech wouldn’t play, fans know that the Arsenal manager made a decision early in the season to play the Colombian in Europe.
It’s almost as if the papers created this story so they could fill column inches, despite Wenger saying back in September that his keepers would fulfill specific roles this season.
“We have the roles that the keepers know,” he said, confirming Cech as the Premier League and Ospina as the European keeper.
“It’s important to have clear roles when the season starts and when that changes I inform them. But they know what the roles of the season are.”
As did everyone else, but that didn’t stop some of the papers ignoring that in the build up to Wednesday night.
Speaking on Tuesday at his pre-game press conference, Wenger reiterated his stance and backed Ospina for the quality of his performances.
“I have nothing to hide there, it will be Ospina because of the quality of his performances,” he said.
“We are in the last 16 and finished top of the group. If you analyse his performances in every single game we are where we are because of his great performances.”
So, there you go. Man says he’s going to do something, and then does it. What a shocker.
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