Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger quizzed on his preferred shot-stopper

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Arsenal’s David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez are battling it out for the number one spot.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on his preferred goalkeeper as he bids to spark a healthy competition between the club’s shot-stoppers, the Sun reports.

Polish number one Wojciech Szczesny has been the Gunners’ most consistent custodian over the past few years but he currently finds himself on the bench behind David Ospina.

The Colombian star joined the North Londoners in the summer and following a lengthy spell on the sidelines – partly due to injury – he has now been given his chance in the Arsenal net.

The 26-year-old has started the last three Premier League encounters, helping his side to three victories without conceding a goal – including the 2-0 win at Manchester City.

Asked whether the former Nice star has established himself as Wenger’s preferred custodian, the French boss refused to answer directly and instead challenged his goalkeepers to stake their claim in the XI.

“David Ospina has had some time to settle because he was injured when he arrived here,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Sun.

“During that time we could see his dedication, his focus and his quality. He’s in a fight with Wojciech Szczesny to start at the moment.

“Wojciech is the No.1 but David has played recently. Can he retain the shirt in the coming games? We’ll decide that.

“I don’t forget Emiliano Martinez either, who I rate highly. We have three top goalkeepers and the fight for who starts is going on.

“You have to be consistent if you want to retain the shirt.”

Next up for the Gunners in the Premier League is a trip to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the opportunity to gain the advantage in the race for a top four spot.

Ospina has been in great form in recent weeks but Szczesny’s experience of this fixture could prompt Wenger to have a slight selection headache going in to this weekend.

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