Ospina to be preferred in goal ahead of Cech in Europa League and at Wembley
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has revealed that Columbian stopper, David Ospina will be in goal at the Emirates tomorrow in the Europa League return leg against Ostersund and in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
Even though the manager insisted that it was a tough decision to make for him, he stated that the club has to stick with their policy of starting Ospina in Cup matches.
The Columbia International, who has 18-months left in his contract has featured in all of the Gunners’ cup matches this season except the Europa League group stage tie with Red Star Belgrade and the Carabao Cup victory over Norwich City which he missed due to injury.
While speaking in his pre-match conference, Wenger said: “They are always difficult decisions but we have been clear since the start of the season that he [Ospina] plays in the whole Cup competitions, I have two world-class goalkeepers and I decided to have clarity in the games they play and we maintain that.”
The North Londoners have a 3-0 advantage over Ostersund after winning the first leg away at Sweden which will leave Wenger with the option of resting some first-team players although Mesut Ozil is unavailable due to illness, he should, however, be back in time for Sunday.
Aaron Ramsey returned to training on Wednesday and although he will not be available for the Europa League clash, the Manager has refused to rule him out from playing at Wembley; “Ideally, you want to have the choice but our job is about adaptation,” Wenger said, with regard to Ramsey’s cup final prospects. “Rarely in life do you have ideal situations, with the luxury to choose from all the players.”
January signing, Henrikh Mkhitaryan who can only watch the final from the stands as he is cup-tied is expected to start on Thursday alongside forward, Danny Welbeck.