Savage compares Wenger’s midweek decision to that of Liverpool boss’s against Madrid

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Robbie Savage finds a similarity between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has criticised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s team selection against Olympiakos in The Mirror.

Wenger included goalkeeper David Ospina ahead of summer signing Petr Cech for midweek’s Champions League game against Olympiakos on Tuesday evening.

It was supposed to be a comfortable win for Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Greek giants.

Ospina, who is the second-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, was responsible for one of Olympiakos’ goals.

The Colombia international failed to collect a corner and allowed the ball to go in, with the goal counting as an own goal.

Former Derby midfielder Savage has criticised Wenger’s decision to play Ospina ahead of former Chelsea star Cech.

The former Wales international has compared the decision to that made by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers against Real Madrid last season.

Back in November 2014, Rodgers did not include then club captain Steven Gerrard in the Reds’ starting lineup for the Champions League game against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former England international midfielder came on as a substitute for Lucas Leiva in the 69th minute, as Madrid won the encounter 1-0.

"If Arsenal go out, it will probably go down as the most damaging omission since Liverpool dropped Steven Gerrard at Real Madrid last November – a decision that helped the former England captain to make up his mind about leaving Anfield," Savage wrote in The Mirror.

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