Wojciech Szczesny was rightfully dropped after a string of disappointing performances, and replaced by David Ospina.
The Colombian earned rave reviews during his first few games between the sticks, keeping a number of clean sheets and providing a sturdy base from which we could push forward.
There was always a sense however, that his impressive start was largely down to to our fantastic team performances, and that a sterner test was needed to prove his credentials.
That’s just what he got against Tottenham, and to some extent Crystal Palace. He was found wanting at times unfortunately, and questions are already being asked over his right to the No.1 spot.
Szczesny is likely to get the nod for our FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough, and it could be the Pole’s chance to reclaim top spot.
A good performance could catapult him back ahead of Ospina, and see the 24-year-old reinstated for our trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
Ospina has made some excellent saves since taking the mantle from Szczesny, but he has by no means looked unflappable.
His distribution has been particularly sketchy, and when under pressure he has not used the ball well at all.
His shot stopping has been excellent, but he seems more inclined to palm the ball away rather than hold onto it. This has put us in danger on a number of occasions, and has cost us goals as well.
The 26-year-old has performed well, and having not made any glaring mistakes it seems a little harsh to drop him. He has not done enough to cement his place as the undisputed No.1 just yet however, and a solid performance from Szczesny may be enough to displace him.