Arsene Wenger claims Petr Cech missed midweek duty as he needed a rest

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Arsene Wenger felt goalkeeper Petr Cech needed a rest ahead of Dinamo Zagreb game.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to leave Petr Cech out of the starting line-up for the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on the club's official website.

Cech was widely expected to start in Arsenal's Champions League opener in Zagreb, after starting all of Arsenal's opening Premier League games.

However, Wenger opted to start David Ospina in a surprise team selection, with the Frenchman claiming he felt Cech needed a "rest mentally" just five games into the new season.

Cech has been first-choice goalkeeper for Arsenal since his arrival from London rivals Chelsea in the summer, after finding himself playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois last season at Stamford Bridge.

The move to leave out Cech backfired as Arsenal got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

"Ospina is a very, very good goalkeeper and he has shown that again," said Wenger on "Cech has not played a full season so I am trying to give him some rest mentally because for goalkeepers it's the same as outfield players."

The Czech Republic international is set to be recalled to the starting line-up on Saturday as he prepares for his first return to Stamford Bridge as an Arsenal player.

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