There is the age-old discussion about whether Arsenal should play their very best team when they face Atletico Madrid over the two legs of the Europa League semi-final, with the first one coming tomorrow night at the Emirates. The Gunners will need to take a reasonable win from this one before going over to Madrid for the fiery second leg.
So we all know that Arsene Wenger has an agreement with David Ospina to play all Arsenal’s cup games and the Boss has stuck to that agreement up ’til now, but should he now switch back to Petr Cech now we are in the semi-final? Cech is widely acknowledged to be our best and most experienced keeper, and the Gunners legendary keeper David seaman thinks that Wenger should stick to the best. “For me he needs to go with his strongest team now,” he told ESPN FC. “I don’t know what agreement was made with Ospina as to why he always played in the Europa League and the Champions League. But for me he has to go with Cech, because he’s the No. 1 goalkeeper.
“And now we need to focus on that Europa League, because obviously that’s the only way we’re going to get back into the Champions League. The semifinal against Atletico Madrid is going to be really difficult, so for me he’s got to go with Cech and play his strongest team.”
In the weekend’s game against West Ham, Wenger played Ospina between the sticks. But the question is; Was that to give the Colombian a good warm up before playing tomorrow? Or was it as consolation for missing tomorrow’s game?