Should Arsenal stick with Ospina for Man City Cup Final and maybe even the Europa League Final?

We all know that Arsene Wenger decided before the season started that Arsenal’s reserve keeper David Ospina would be given a starting spot in all the games in both the Europa League and the Caraboa Cup, and it looks like Petr Cech will be on the bench for both of Arsenal’s next two games against Ostersunds and Man City, but is that really the best decision for probably our most important game of the season?

Wenger has never won either of those two competitions, and he probably never thought that his reserves would get to either final, but with us getting knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Nottingham Forest this game against City at the weekend must surely be our very best chance of any trophy at all this season.

Cech himself has confirmed that he fully expects to still be on the bench at Wembley. He said: “I will be there supporting but I don’t expect to play. At the start it was clear that it was going to be like that,”

“It is always hard to watch any game from the bench or even from the stand if you are not selected.

“As a player, you always want to be involved. But obviously you are in a professional club where there are 25 top players and the manager always makes his choices for the game and you need to accept that.”

But should Wenger even be making decisions like that before the season starts without knowing if we would progress to the Final. Could he really stick with all the reserves that got us this far, or should he be playing his very best team?



  1. Apal says:

    In the Europa league final are we?

    1. Admin says:

      Did you read ‘and maybe’ in the title?

      1. jon fox says:

        Administrator, you are living in a fantasy land if you seriously believe this “defence” will get us anywhere near the Europa final. Get real!

        1. Admin says:

          And again, I did say maybe!
          But the question is that if we DID get there, should Ospina be playing?

          1. Admin says:

            And “This defence” DID get us to the Caraboa Cup Final!

          2. Ken 1945 says:

            Careful Admin,
            Put too many FACTS out there and you will confuse certain people.
            In answer to the question: Yes Ospina should play,
            According too Cech that was agreed at the start of the season.

        2. TW14-TH14 says:

          Have you ever experienced joy before in your entire life?

          1. Ken 1945 says:

            Indeed I have….. supporting my club through the good times and the bad.
            How about you?

      2. kenyanfan says:

        its worrying to think of how poor our forwards have been outshone by defenders in the europa league= in terms of goal scoring.look at this

  2. GoonAR says:


  3. Sue says:

    I’d like to see Ospina play

    1. Phil says:

      Get your gloves on JENS LEAMAN

      1. Sue says:

        Woohoo I’d love to see that!! I loved Lehman!!

  4. ThirdManJW says:

    Cech has done enough to be dropped, therefor Ospina should be our number one for the rest of season. I think in the later stages of any cup competition, you should be playing your best players. The objective is to win trophies, and using your best, and most in-form players, gives you a better opportunity of success.

  5. Ken 1945 says:

    Dear Mr. Wenger,
    Breaking news and off the subject:
    Yet another professional footballer has confounded us all by this statement:
    I would choose Arsenal over Spurs and Liverpool, who it is reported are all chasing his services!!!
    Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Watford midfielder has says it’s because of..wait for it..
    Arsene Wenger.
    I ask you!! Why on earth does a professional footballer think he can make such an outrageous statement.
    He must think he knows more about our manager than we do!!
    How many more professional footballers will try to confuse some gooners with their limited knowledge of the game?
    They must be prehistoric dinasours wanting to join a corrupt owner,club and manager at a time when Wenger is going in May (95% sure I think).
    Let’s hope our new dynamic transfer duo see through this players ignorance, otherwise Wenger will be blamed for signing his favourites.
    Wembley here we come!!!! Ospina for sure to play.

    1. John0711 says:

      EAsy he knows he won’t have to try much and get lots of money and if he’s average wenger will still play him. What bog standard player wouldn’t want to play for wenger

      1. Ken 1945 says:

        Thanks for clearing that up then.
        Trouble is, we haven’t signed him yet, so not sure how you know what his salary will be.
        I also cannot understand why Liverpool and Spuds are chasing him if he is a bog standard player. Perhaps these clubs are as keen on average players as we seem to be.
        As for not wanting to try too much, I’m puzzled why he would want to move anyway.
        But, as I say, thanks for clearing this up and clearly explaining why a professional footballer really doesn’t know what he’s talking about, while us supporters are the font of all knowledge.
        Agree 100% with the article below from Chris by the way, that makes perfect sense to me.

  6. Chris says:

    Ospina got the team into that position so he deserves to play. Also based on current performances, I’d say Ospina is probably in better form anyway. Cech has been having some howlers and ignoring the reasonable perfomance against Spurs (he made saves he would be expected to make, but he did make more than he should have had to) he has been pretty dreadful in recent weeks. Give Ospina his due and let him do the job he’s been doing.

  7. Nothing changed says:

    Ospina IMO is no at least equal to Petr. I would also start playing him in the PL.

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