David Ospina got the nod for Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Olympiacos, with Petr Cech confined to the bench. Fans and pundits were questioning this decision before the game, and it seems they were right to do so.
The Colombian was truly poor in the first half, and made a number of mistakes throughout the half. He showed a lack of decisiveness and needed to be far more commanding, failing to come out and claim a number of long balls.
One such occasion resulted in a needless corner, which we ended up conceding from following a massive deflection. He could do nothing about the goal, but the situation could have been avoided altogether.
He certainly could have done a lot for the second goal we conceded, and it was the kind of goal not keeper should be conceding, nevermind a keeper playing for a club the size of Arsenal.
A corner was swung in, and it looked like an easy stop straight into the hands of the shotstopper. He bizarrely dropped the ball though, knocking it into the goal needlessly. 2-1 Olympiacos.
Check out the clanger below:
While Ospina should have the quality to be starting against a side like Olympiacos, it seems ridiculous that Arsene Wenger opted not to start Cech. This was a must win game, and we should therefore be putting out our best team.
A loss here could spell the end of our Champions League hopes this season, and would be really disappointing for all concerned.