Arsenal round-up: Petr Cech declared himself fit for Champions League clash

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Arsenal fans, a warm welcome.

You lot should know the score by now. If you don’t then it causes virtually no problem as we’re going to tell you what the score is anyway.

Here’s your daily news round-up, complete with a video report and a comments box for all your thoughts and opinions. Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds. Enjoy.

Cech omission

Despite what Arsene Wenger would have you believe, Petr Cech was fit and ready to play during Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiacos last night.

That’s the claim made by the Daily Mail, who say that the veteran goalkeeper - usually Arsenal’s first-choice - was dropped in favour of David Ospina despite declaring himself OK for action.

Cech was on the bench as the Gunners were beaten 3-2 by their Greek opposition, and questions will be asked as to why he wasn’t given the nod if he was available.

Ospina backing

Meanwhile, Wenger has backed Ospina after his poor showing at the Emirates Stadium, stating that blaming him would be a farce.

The ‘keeper was at fault for Olympiacos’ second goal as he carried Kostas Fortounis’ corner over his own line, but Wenger said that it could have happened to Cech just as easily.

Fans might well contest that point, but it’s unfair to pin the meat and bones of the defeat on Ospina alone.

Mertesacker on defeat

Lastly, Per Mertesacker has put Arsenal’s European loss down to ill-discipline, stating that he and his teammates didn’t have good concentration levels and paid the ultimate price as a result.

The World Cup winner admitted it would now take some time to recover from the defeat though they’ll have to be ready to welcome Manchester United to the Emirates this weekend.

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