Ian Wright criticises Arsene Wenger for Ospina decision after Arsenal loss

The Gunners boss decided to drop Petr Cech for the loss to Olympiacos with disastrous consequences.

Speaking on BT Sport, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised Arsene Wenger for his decision to choose David Ospina for the loss to Olympiacos.

The goalkeeper was surprisingly chosen ahead of Petr Cech for the must win game at the Emirates and did not justify his start, with his mistake gifting the Greeks their second goal of the evening courtesy of an own goal.

It was a big decision to rest Cech, who has so far made a solid start to his Gunners career, and Wright has criticised the manager for getting such a big decision wrong.

“I’m really confused with Arsene Wenger’s choice of putting him [Ospina] in goal,” he told BT Sport.

“This is a must win game, how can you put Ospina in. You’ve got to question the manager there. It’s a big mistake. Why not start with Petr Cech simply because of the experience he’s got.”

Was Wenger right to drop Cech?

With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to question Arsene Wenger’s decision to rest Cech for the game.

With him also going with a somewhat inexperienced back line for such a crucial game, Cech’s vast experience in the role would have helped to steady what looked like a shaky defence throughout the contest.

As well as that, there is no denying he is a better keeper than Ospina all round, and if Arsenal are taking the competition seriously, then playing their strongest team should have been of utmost priority.

After the Colombian’s big mistake in this game, it is almost certain that Cech will be starting in the next game against Bayern Munich, with qualifying now looking an impossible task for them.

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