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Arsene Wenger says blaming David Ospina is a 'farce'

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Arsenal are flirting with elimination from the group stages of the Champions League after a 3-2 home defeat to Olympiakos last night.

The Gunners have lost their opening two games and face a daunting double-header against German giants Bayern Munich to save their European dreams.

David Ospina's calamitous error cost Arsenal in a match they could hardly afford to lose. However, Arsene Wenger refused to pin the blame on his Columbian stopper, claiming the same could have happened to Petr Cech.

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The 27-year-old dropped Kostas Fortounis' cross over his own line to hand the Greek side a 2-1 lead, but Wenger says blaming the former Nice man is a 'farce'.

As per the BBC, the French manager said: "Ospina had a fantastic game at Tottenham. No keeper is mistake-free. It could have happened to Petr Cech as well.

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"I don't have to give you an explanation about every decision I make. You are capable to judge it and I leave you to do that.

"Petr Cech had a slight injury alert before the Leicester game. I didn't want to take a gamble, but it is not because of that we lost the game. It's a farce.

"I make the decisions for the team and I'm responsible for it, I know many things that maybe you don't know and that you ignore. You can't select a team by making a call before the game and getting everybody's opinion."

WORRYING SIGNS

The north London club now face the very real prospect of failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time since 2003.

Despite Ospina's blatant error, the defence were at sixes and sevens for Olympiakos' third goal. 

Per Mertesaker and Kieran Gibbs were found wanting as the Greek side hit back instantly following Alexis Sanchez's leveller.

The Gunners' defensive performance will be a major concern for Wenger with a huge game against Manchester United on Sunday. 

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Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Premier League
David Ospina
Arsenal
Petr Cech
Arsene Wenger
Football

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