Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has questioned Arsene Wenger’s decision to start David Ospina in Tuesday’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.
The goalkeeper started the game as a result of an agreement between Wenger and his two keepers to share goalkeeping duties among them in a bid to keep them happy at the club.
Ospina went on to put in a man of the match display but Nicholas was still critical of Wenger’s decision to start the Colombian.
“The change has been made but to be fair to Ospina he was good all night,”
“It’s just strange. I don’t see why you take the risk. It’s the hardest game they face in their first game of the competition. Go and lay down a marker.
“PSG are no way as fluid as they have been over the last few years but Arsenal made them look better than they were.
“Arsenal could have ended up winning it but I’m delighted with a draw because Arsenal did not play well at all.
“They’ve got away with it tonight but they must liven up and play their best players.”
“Arsenal are not Barcelona; they’re not good enough to say to their goalkeepers, you play this game and you play the other,” Nicholas said.
“I don’t mind it in the cups. Obviously, Wenger thinks far more of Ospina than what I or others have seen and he’s in the day-to-day situation.
“I just think sometimes just as things start to settle down he makes a decision that you think is not necessary; he makes life harder than it should be.”
Nicholas does have a point, It is always better to play your best players in a big competition like the Champions League but we believe Ospina did very well on Tuesday and has earned the right to start for the club in subsequent Champions League games. Arsenal might not be Barcelona but should Ospina continue to perform at his best, Cech’s absence will not be felt.
Nicholas is not the only Arsenal legend to have criticised Wenger’s decision as Thierry Henry also faulted the Frenchman’s decision to start Ospina ahead of Petr Cech.