It’s a move that doesn’t make much sense as Cech is clearly the number 1 and this is a game that Arsenal have to win, but it seems as if the Arsenal manager is aiming to give the Colombian another game tomorrow evening.
“I need to give Ospina games,” he said, “and I think he is a top-level goalkeeper but that doesn’t mean that he will play.
“It will go game by game and there can be a different decision. I am fortunate to have two keepers of this quality.
And after two games in 4 days, and not much rest since Saturday, there will be changes elsewhere too. Aaron Ramsey is a candidate for resting but may be required if Francis Coquelin doesn’t make it in the absence of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
“I am looking at him, yes,” said Wenger. “I have to see how Coquelin is. I wait for feedback from the medical people.It’s more the games we played before which could have an influence on selection.
“Some players have played two tough games, at Tottenham and Leicester, where it was a high level physically.
“The 20 fit players I have available can play in every game. I can close my eyes, just take a position, and I am confident I can play a very strong team.”
Perhaps Cech is carrying an injury of some kind, which would make the decision to pick Ospina a bit more rational. Otherwise it just seems a bit odd paying £10m for a new goalkeeper and not playing him in the most important European games.
Whoever gets the nod though, let’s hope the result is right.