'World-class' Ospina rewards Wenger's faith in him

SAFE PAIRS OF HANDS: Cech (left) and Ospina walking off the pitch, after Arsenal drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal manager Wenger said both goalkeepers must be given games if the club are to retain top talents.


    Sep 15, 2016

    'World-class' Ospina rewards Wenger's faith in him


    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger described David Ospina as "world-class" after the Colombian goalkeeper justified his selection in Tuesday's Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain with several decisive saves.

    He was beaten by Edinson Cavani's header inside the opening minute at the Parc des Princes but foiled the French champions on several other occasions as Alexis Sanchez's late leveller ensured a 1-1 draw in the Group A opener.

    And Ospina's performance silenced the doubters who questioned why Wenger had chosen to play him in Paris rather than regular No. 1 Petr Cech, who was left on the bench.

    "I have two world-class goalkeepers and I know we have enough matches to give both of them games.

    "If you cannot play them, you cannot keep world-class goalkeepers who don't get games," insisted Wenger.

    Arsenal's wobble in the Champions League at the start of last season, with surprise defeats to both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos that almost condemned them to an early exit, was partly attributed to Wenger's decision to play Ospina in goal.

    The former Nice custodian made one calamitous error in particular that gifted a goal to the Greeks. But against PSG, he rescued the Gunners with numerous interventions to deny Cavani and Angel di Maria.

    "Ospina was very good and he will have shown tonight for those who doubted him that he is a good goalkeeper," added Wenger.