Petr Cech says under-fire Arsenal teammate David Ospina deserves games

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come in for criticism after starting David Ospina against Olympiakos.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says the club’s number two goalkeeper David Ospina has the trust of his teammates and deserves to be getting valuable game time, the Sun report.

The Colombia international started ahead of summer signing Cech for the Champions League home clash with Olympiakos, committing an error which helped the visitors to claim a 3-2 victory.

With the Gunners’ Champions League progression hopes now looking very precarious indeed, Wenger has come in for heavy criticism as his decision has since been met with overwhelming disapproval.

Cech, however, has attempted to rid his manager of any blame by saying that Ospina deserves playing time due to past performances and the way he prepares himself in training.

"As a club we are lucky that we have goalkeepers the manager trusts and then that's why he chooses for each game, as the season goes,” Cech explained in the Sun.

"In the first game in Zagreb, David had the chance to play and I think it shows how much the team has confidence in him and how well he trains and prepares every day.”

"He deserves to have games, and this is what the manager appreciated from him. So let’s see what happens in the games as we go.”

Short memories:

Considering the amount of criticism which Arsene Wenger has taken over the past few days, it’s particularly evident just how quickly things can change in football.

Ospina is a very capable goalkeeper, and one who helped the Gunners embark on a run of form towards the end of last season which had many observers tipping them for a title challenge this time around.

Arsenal’s number two goalkeeper is a Colombia international, and one who surely can’t be considered inferior to Barcelona’s back-up Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who won the Champions League last season.

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