PARIS: Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger described David Ospina as “world-class” after the Colombian goalkeeper justified his choice in Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain with a number of decisive saves.
Ospina was crushed by Edinson Cavani’s header contained in the opening minute on the Parc des Princes however foiled the French champions on a number of different events as Alexis Sanchez’s late leveller ensured a 1-1 draw within the Group A opener.
And Ospina’s efficiency silenced the doubters who questioned why Wenger had chosen to play him in Paris quite than common primary Petr Cech, who was left on the bench.
“I’ve two world-class goalkeepers and I do know we’ve got sufficient matches to offer each of them video games. For those who can’t play them you can’t maintain world-class goalkeepers who do not get video games,” insisted Wenger.
Arsenal’s wobble within the Champions League at the beginning of final season, with shock defeats to each Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos that nearly condemned them to an early exit, was partly attributed to Wenger’s choice to play Ospina in objective.
The previous Good custodian made one calamitous error particularly that gifted a objective to the Greeks, however towards PSG he rescued the London membership with quite a few interventions to disclaim Cavani and Angel Di Maria.
“Ospina was excellent and he may have proven tonight for many who doubted him that he’s a superb goalkeeper,” added Wenger.
“When he performed within the Champions League final season he made an error and everybody got here down on him, however he has put issues proper.” The query now’s, will Ospina hold his place for Arsenal’s subsequent Group A recreation at residence to Swiss aspect Basel in two weeks, and Wenger hinted that he’ll.
“We’ve got guidelines that the ‘keepers know. That is why it is very important have clear guidelines from the beginning, and when that modifications I inform them,” stated the Frenchman.
“We will all the time change our minds. It is right down to performances and on what he has delivered tonight he has the appropriate to say to play within the subsequent Champions League recreation.”
It was removed from a classic Arsenal efficiency however the attract what was on paper their trickiest fixture leaves them nicely positioned to win their group, one thing they haven’t accomplished within the Champions League in 5 years.
“PSG have been good. They have been decided, aggressive, fast on the break, and utilized very robust bodily strain,” added Wenger.
“However even within the first half once we put collectively a couple of passes we felt we might be harmful. We created possibilities within the second half and it’s a good level for us.”
From a PSG perspective, their lack of ability to see out the victory was much less to do with Ospina than with Cavani’s incapability to transform a number of possibilities so as to add to his opener.
The Uruguayan had two spectacular misses within the first half earlier than being denied by the Arsenal ‘keeper within the second half, and Unai Emery’s aspect have now gone three video games and not using a win.
“I’m not proud of the outcome however I’m proud of how we performed. We have to play like this in future,” insisted the Spaniard Emery, who refused to be important of Cavani.
“An important factor is that he’s creating possibilities for himself. That’s constructive for the longer term.”
Quarter-finalists in every of the final 4 seasons, PSG are subsequent in Champions League motion away to Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria in a fortnight.
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