Arsene Wenger is ready to give David Ospina a chance to establish himself as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper, reports The Sun.
The Colombian goalkeeper has struggled with a recurring thigh injury since arriving in north London last summer but has kept consecutive clean sheets against Hull and Stoke City. With Wojciech Szczesny out of sorts, Ospina is set to get to nod when the Gunners travel to Manchester City on Sunday.
Wenger told The Sun: “You consider everything before a game and know if you don’t win it was the wrong decision.”
It is bad news for Szczesny, who was incredulous after being told he would spend Sunday's 3-0 win over Stoke City on the bench. Wenger maintained that Szczesny was still his number one, but Ospina's impressive displays has forced him into reconsidering.
Szczesny was fined £20,000 after he was caught smoking in the showers of the Southampton dressing room. Arsenal had been humbled 2-0 by their top four rivals with the Poland international at fault for both goals.
Now Szczesny, who earns an incredible £100,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, is facing a doubtful future. He will again be on the bench for Arsenal and another impressive display from Ospina could see him sitting there for the foreseeable future.
Ospina moved to Arsenal from Nice in a £3 million summer transfer after he caught Wenger's eye at the World Cup. The 26-year-old put in several impressive displays for Colombia but was expected to join the Gunners a reserve to Szczesny.
However, Wenger appears to have been let down by Szczesny after piling so much faith into him so far. Szczesny has more first team experience than most of a similar age, but has yet to fulfill his massive talent.
Having been Arsenal's first choice for well over a year, Wenger may see now as a good chance to remind Szczesny to continue working hard. Signing Ospina–Szczesny's first real serious competition–should have fired him up, but instead it appears complacency has set in.