Arsene Wenger was always going on about how Arsenal had three ‘World Class keepers’ at the club before we finally sold Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus, but how on Earth can you keep even two happy?
We all know that David Ospina was very clear on his wish to move to Fenerbahce to gain first team football every week, and Wenger has now admitted that it was difficult to persuade the Colombian international to stay at the Emirates ahead of the new season. Le Prof said: “It was not easy, because of course all these players want to play. They are top-level players, they want to go to the World Cup but he will get a number of games here and he will fight with Petr Cech. The fight is quite open. At the moment I play Petr Cech but this battle is not won definitely by Petr Cech because I rate Ospina highly and, anyway, we play other competitions and he will play.”
Wenger already promised Ospina the FA Cup and Champions League last season, so the fact that we are going to be playing a lot more games on a Thursday night in the Europa League this season he should get to play even more often this time around. And if Cech gets an injury Ospina could maybe prove his worth and supplant the ex-Chelsea star as the Gunners Number One, which is definitely possible if he plays a starring role in a few games. At least we know he will be match-ready after playing in all the Cup games….
Maybe being in the lesser European tournament has actually worked in our favour this time?