Arsene Wenger: David Ospina is Arsenal's Champions League goalkeeper

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In the aftermath of Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, Arsene Wenger was praised for his bold decision to start David Ospina.

Dropping Petr Cech - a genuinely world-class goalkeeper - takes some nerve but the Frenchman was rewarded for his faith with a vital point.

It was Alexis Sanchez who scored the all important equaliser but he and the rest of his teammates have Ospina to thank for making a number of superb saves to keep them in the game.


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The dilemma that now faces Wenger is who to play in goal for Arsenal's next Champions League game, against Basel at the Emirates Stadium on September 28.

Should he stick with Ospina, or should he reinstate Cech? Well, the Frenchman seems to have already made up his mind.

In a post-match interview, per the Mirror, he said: "Tonight [Ospina] showed his detractors, those who doubted him, that he is a very good goalkeeper.

"Last year he made a mistake in the Champions League and everyone jumped all over him. He showed what he's about tonight.

"We have a rule that the keepers know. It's important to have clear rules like that. They know what the rules are for the season. If they change, I'll tell them.

"It's down to performances. On what he delivered tonight, [Ospina] has the right to stay in the team for the next Champions League game (at home to Basel in a fortnight)."

Ospina it is, then.

Quite how Arsenal fans will react to Wenger choosing the Colombian as his first-choice 'keeper in the Champions League is yet unknown, but something tells me they won't be impressed.

Credit to Ospina, he really was fantastic at the Parc des Princes, but Cech is a class above him and offers far more safety.

Indeed, Arsenal came close to conceding a goal after Ospina misplaced a simple pass to Laurent Koscielny, who just about managed to stop Angel Di Maria from a clear run.

But this is Wenger we're talking about - once his mind is made up, there's no changing it.

So highly does the 66-year-old rate Ospina that he believes he has two genuinely world-class shot-stoppers at his disposal.

"I think I have two world-class goalkeepers," he said. "We analysed last season and this season and I decided to play him tonight, yes."

Let's just hope Wenger isn't made to regret showing so much trust in a goalkeeper renowned as a liability amongst Arsenal fans.

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