Arsenal legend Ian Wright tells BBC who he believes should be Gunners number one


Arsene Wenger should keep David Ospina in goal over Wojciech Szczesny moving forward, according to club legend Ian Wright.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said on BBC Radio 5Live’s 606 that he believes David Ospina should be the club’s first-choice goalkeeper over Wojciech Szczesny.

Ospina made his first Premier League start in the weekend’s 3-0 home win over Stoke City, with Szczesny dropped to the bench following the revelation that he had been fined £20,000 by the club for smoking in the showers at Southampton.

The Polish shot-stopper has kept hold of the number one spot at the Emirates Stadium over the past three season but, with his recent performances and behaviour coming in for criticism, Wright thinks that his time in north London might be drawing to a close.

“Without a doubt [Ospina should be starting],” he said. “I feel it’s quite disappointing, because I thought maybe Szczesny could push on like you’ve seen with David de Gea at Manchester United.

“He seems to have these consistent patches, but then he’ll do something really silly.

“Now, with the stuff of the field, with the selfies and the smoking in the dressing room, I just can’t believe Wenger will tolerate it.

“He’s backed a lot of these players to the hill, and I just feel that they’ve let him down a lot of the time,” the former Gunners striker continued.

"Szczesny has done it again and, if Ospina can come in and perform, I’d hope it’ll make him realise just how fortunate he is play for a great football club.

“I think he’s messing his chance up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger got rid of him.”

Ospina, 26, was signed from French club Nice this past summer for £3 million following his starring performances at the World Cup, but the Colombia international ended up being sidlined from October until late-December with a recurrence of a thigh problem.

He now looks to be making up for lost time, however, and, judging from his reputation among Ligue 1 fans, Szczesny should be more than concerned about winning his job back.

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