Cech and Opsina both world-class, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Petr Cech

The Arsenal boss has stood by his back-up keeper despite his mistake against Olympiakos in midweek.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has an easy choice picking between world-class keepers Petr Cech and David Ospina.

The Frenchman has come in for fierce criticism this week following a 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League - the Gunners' second successive defeat in the competition.

He elected to drop first choice keeper Petr Cech for the game in favour of David Ospina, a decision that came back to haunt him as the Colombian committed a goalkeeping howler to gift the Greek side their second goal.

However, despite the mistake, Wenger insists he has two top quality keepers at his disposal, and is grateful for that.

“Looking at Ospina and Petr Cech, I think I have two world-class goalkeepers and it is the easiest choice I have to make,” he told Arsenal.com.

“I can pick either of the two and I am very comfortable. It is the most difficult as well, because the two of them are world-class players and always you have to leave one out. No matter who plays you have a good goalkeeper in goal.”

Wenger comments worrying for Arsenal

While it would be amiss for a manager to come out and not publicly back his player after a mistake, Wenger’s decision to label Ospina as 'world-class' is a worrying one for Arsenal.

While there is no denying that he is a good goalkeeper on his day, he is certainly not in the bracket that the likes of Thibaut Courtois, David de Gea, Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart currently occupy. There is even an argument that he is not in the bracket beneath that.

The comments from Wenger, though, suggest that he will continue to pick his second choice shot-stopper for big games across the season, which would be baffling given that Cech is now at the club.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that isn’t the case, especially with their Champions League hopes now hanging by a thread.

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