Should Arsenal play David Ospina against Tottenham even if Cech is fit?

There have been conflicting reports about Petr Cech’s fitness since he was replaced by David Ospina in last week’s game at Everton, with many papers reporting that the Arsenal shotstopper hadn’t recovered from the kick he got during the game.

Tottenham fans have been moaning on social media that Cech missing the game will actually give the SGunners an advantage, and there are many Arsenal fans that would probably agree with them!

But now there are more reports saying that he is likely to be available, and considering that Wenger said after the Everton game that Cech wasn’t too bad. “He has a kick on his calf. I don’t know medically how bad it is. Just a kick.” So he obviously didn’t think that would be a problem, so I don’t know where the original scare stories came from.

But the fact is that Cech has not been at his best lately, and the schoolboy error he committed against Swansea should not be ignored. Personally I think he should be benched and Ospina given his chance to try and help us get a clean sheet. Cech has now been waiting for his 200th EPL clean sheet for the last 8 games and shows no signs of ever getting that record.

And just maybe, with Ospina in goal, we may also have a chance of actually saving a penalty!

Darren N


  1. Tblaze says:

    Yes yes for me, clean sheet? Check doesn’t know about it.

  2. McLovin says:

    Yes we should. Everyone go look at the mistakes Cech has made already (the 2nd goal vs Everton, the 2nd goal vs Swansea), not even a Championship goalie makes mistakes like that.

    He has been sitting comfortably as the #1, and he has regressed.

    Bench time.

    1. Sony says:

      I agree he made mistakes and he need to be replaced, but if he is comfortabl as the #1 than that means Ospina is not even a threat to Cech and honestly i love OOOOspina, but every corner every high ball in our box i am super nervous.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Exactly, Ospina’s not tall enough to be a Keeper and is a disaster waiting to happen. What a hard question Cech or Ospina? As bad as Cech’s been all season we can’t play Ospina. This is all Wenger’s fault for letting Syczesny go for braking one of he’s silly little rules but then allows Iwobi to party till 3-30 in the morning 24 hours before a game. Terrible double standards.

  3. Sue says:

    All he’s worried about is his 200th clean sheet… but he’s made howler after howler… so yes let Ospina have a run now

  4. Innit says:

    We can’t blame all goals on him when our defense is average and we have no quality defensive midfielder

  5. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t know where this confidence comes from that people have with Ospina. Ospina has had one of those horrible moments when he completely miss judges the flight of ball going back a number of games now. How can a GK be so bad at their bread and butter, they have an advantage over the outfielders. I worry (more than normal) every time a ball is lobbed in ..never mind whipped in. Someone in here described it perfectly when saying he is like a flying torso coming for the ball ..and going pass it. Spu will be well aware of that weakness. Cech might not be the same keeper but his mistakes are usually not as glaring nor as plentiful. He still makes some of the best finger tipped saves around. You cannot go by twitter or spud fans, both keepers have their pluses and minus’s so they will have opinion divided. Ospina might be better if we play a high line, am not sure which team will control possession. I think Poch will know we are defensively most vulnerable when in possession ..well, the moment we immediately lose it.

  6. Gabie says:

    Cech has been making lots of errors like a school boy keeper. I think even then they play better than Cech . Since he joined arsenal the team became worse, boys scored gaols but he keeps on
    conceding goals, I actual do not care about his 200 clean sheet , he joined arsenal because he wanted to keep his family in London and keep chelsea on top four and winning, Last season he assisted Fabregas that it hurts me alot . He cannot think where he is kicking the ball,

    I wish Ospina can be keeping , Cech needs to be benched this awful Cech.

  7. Grandad says:

    Agree.The acquisition of a top class keeper should be a priority next season.

  8. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Wenger really does suffer with Keepers. It’s no coincidence that both Almunia and Fabianski improved after Wenger moved them on, then there was Richard Wright and I’m sure you all remember he tried to sign Rob Green, the pair of them not worth a Dollar and then you have an excellent prospect in Wojciech Syczesny who he gets rid because he smoked a cigarette. He got lucky with Jens, he looked a clown when he first came in but turned out an excellent Keeper. I’d bring back Martinez from loan ASAP, he’s young, got plenty of potential and better than both the ageing Cech and average Ospina.

    1. georgie b says:

      @Kenny, yes I was wondering about Emi Martinez too. I consider his baptism by fire the 7-5 Arsenal v Reading game. It seems he is always improving.

    2. TH14-TW14 says:

      “Almunia and Fabianski improved after Wenger moved them on”

      Almunia improved after leaving Arsenal? What load of crap. Almunia’s best year was 07/08 and never attained anything like that before coming to Arsenal nor after leaving Arsenal. If anything, Almunia became popular all credits to Arsenal.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Maybe not so much Almunia but d’you think Fabianski hasn’t improved since leaving Arsenal, is that a load of crap as well, if you think that, you obviously don’t watch too much football. Going by the tone of your reply, you obviously like Cech and Ospina, or are you one of those who’ll just miss shouting “OSPINA” every time he takes a goal kick.

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