Arsene Wenger made the controversial decision to drop Petr Cech in favour of David Ospina for our shock loss against Olympiacos this past Tuesday night, claiming the former Chelsea shot-stopper had a calf injury, as reported by the Metro.
The report goes on to quote Piers Morgan (via talkSPORT), who claims a very good source informed him 100% that injury was not the reason for Cech’s demotion to the bench.
“Cech was not injured,” Morgan said.
“I can tell your listeners for a 100% fact that Cech was not injured – he was dropped.
“I’ve been told by a very good source that Ospina has been guaranteed games like the one last night, which is why he played.”
Piers Morgan is notoriously anti-Wenger, and many castigate him for his views on the club – questioning whether he’s really even an Arsenal fan.
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If he’s right about this then it’s a truly shocking decision from Wenger though, as we really needed to put our best team out for this must win game. We’ve put ourselves in a really difficult position, and now have a mountain to climb.
With back to back games against an in form Bayern Munich side coming up in the Champions League, we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb.
We’re bottom of Group F, and our European campaign looks like it could be over already. It obviously wasn’t all Ospina’s fault that we lost, but it can be a huge boost to have an experienced and commanding keeper like Petr Cech behind your back line.
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It may be a case of too little too late at this point, but fans will no doubt demand to see Cech starting all our big games from now on – with David Ospina nowhere near the starting XI.