Petr Cech declared himself fit to play for Arsenal against Olympiacos ahead of last night's Champions League showdown at the Emirates.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the former Chelsea shot-stopper was available to play in north London despite Arsene Wenger insisting that his No.1 'keeper was injured.
Cech watched on from the bench as the Gunners suffered their second straight defeat in Europe's elite competition.
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David Ospina, who replaced Cech between the sticks, endured a torrid night as he was at fault for Olympiacos' second goal of the game. Ultimately, the Greek side went on to secure a 3-2 victory in north London, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of the Arsenal faithful.
With back-to-back games against German giants Bayern Munich on the horizon, Wenger's side have it all to do to secure their place in the Round of 16.
If Cech really was fit enough to play last night, Wenger's decision to leave him out of the starting XI really has backfired. Of course, the Gunners have four games to save their European campaign, but it's going to take something special to ensure their passage through to the knockout stages.
Arsenal are not the same defensive unit without Cech. They are vulnerable at the back, but should they really be relying on the 33-year-old to beat Olympiacos?
Ospina may well be the scapegoat right now, but there appears to be a serious problem with the entire team on the European stage. With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Co., Arsenal should be comfortably beating teams from Greece.
To concede three goals on home soil isn't good enough, but Ospina isn't entirely to blame. Time-and-time again in recent years, the Gunners have failed to produce the goods against weaker opposition in the Champions League. It's not good enough.
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