Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to rest Petr Cech for tonight’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos, opting to play back-up goalkeeper David Ospina instead.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that Wenger will take another big risk by leaving Cech out of his Champions League starting line-up in favour of Ospina, who played in the 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb a fortnight ago.
Although Ospina didn’t perform too badly in Croatia, Cech is patently the more accomplished and experienced goalkeeper of the two Arsenal shot-stoppers.
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Wenger wants to ensure that Cech is ready for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United, but this evening’s European fixture against the Greek champions is essentially a must-win match for the Gunners with a double-header against Bayern Munich on the horizon.
Defeat this evening would leave Arsenal rooted to the bottom of Group F, with zero points secured from a possible six.
Arsenal must beat Olympiakos tonight
Few people expect Arsenal to beat Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich at either home or away - they’ll do well to get a point from the two matches - and so victory at the Emirates Stadium this evening is imperative.
Wenger would argue that Ospina, an experienced Colombia international, has more than enough quality for his decision not to be regarded as a gamble.
But Arsenal fans won’t see it that way - and the knives will be out for Wenger if the South American goalkeeper fails to keep a clean sheet.
Cech would also argue that he’s more than capable of playing two matches in a week, but it seems the former Chelsea star will be watching tonight’s action from the substitutes’ bench.
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