Reports: David Ospina to start FA Cup ahead of Petr Cech

Ospina on Cech: we both want to play

It’s being reported this afternoon that Arsene Wenger has decided to play David Ospina in tomorrow’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The Colombian is the de facto cup keeper, but having lost Laurent Koscielny to suspension, Gabriel to injury and with the Gunners unlikely to have Shkodran Mustafi available, it seems odd to add to the instability at the back.

Cech has been in outstanding form in recent weeks, and has contributed in a big way to our recent defensive improvement. The move to the back three has been seen as the main factor, but the form of the former Chelsea man has made some crucial saves and played a major part.

He would have expected, rightly so, to keep his place based on recent form alone, and the fact that Ospina is going to leave the club this summer anyway.

It’s a mind-boggling decision. Against the best team in the country you play your best team, and Cech is our best keeper.

This is madness but of course Wenger has form in this regard, playing Lukasz Fabianski ahead of Wojciech Szczesny in 2014, and then having dropped the Pole in 2015 for the Premier League game recalled him for the 4-0 win over Aston Villa before loaning him to Roma.



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