There has been a lot of talk about the Arsenal goalkeeping situation this season already, and it has become a much bigger topic in recent weeks. Not only has our usual number one lost his starting place to David Ospina since New Years Day, but there are now Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Arsene Wenger is looking for a permanent replacement.
Our Poland international Wojciech Szczesny has certainly not done himself any favours by smoking in the showers after that dismal defeat in Southampton on New Years day, and the statements from his dad, and former Poland keeper Jan Tomaszewski, have not helped his cause either. Ospina, to be fair to him, deserves his chance after missing the early part of the season with injury. And the Colombian international has done his chances no harm after not conceding a single goal in his three games.
But I still think that Wenger should put Szczesny back in the Arsenal starting line-up for the FA cup tie away to Brighton on Sunday. For one thing, the manager usually gives his second choice keeper the cup games and this gives him the opportunity to play the Pole without Ospina being too upset and wondering what he has done wrong.
The cup game will give Szczesny a great chance to show that he is the better keeper. We want strong competition between the two stoppers, but we also want the best one to play in the big games and the following game is away to Tottenham, which we cannot afford to lose. So although I think Ospina has done well, he has not really been properly tested and I suspect that Szczesny, as long as he is on the ball, is the better keeper.
What do you think Gooners?