A very prickly Arsene Wenger said it would be a “farce” to suggest that his decision to play David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech cost Arsenal the match against Olympiacos.
The Gunners are in a very sticky situation after a 3-2 home defeat to the Greek side left them with zero points from their first two Champions League group games.
Ospina inexplicably dropped a corner into his own net after being preferred to Cech – a decision which we believe sent out the wrong message to his players.
“I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make,” Wenger told the assembled press.
“You are capable to judge what I do and I leave you to that. Cech had a slight [fitness] alert before the game at Leicester. I didn’t want to take a gamble but it’s not because of that we lost the game. It’s a farce [to suggest that].
“It is always the simple thing. Ospina played 19 games last season and kept 14 clean sheets. Last week at Tottenham, he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake-free. It could have happened to Petr Cech as well.
“I make the selections for the team and I am responsible for them. And I know many things that you don’t know. Or that you ignore. We cannot select the team by making a poll before the game and getting everybody’s opinion.”
Actually, the Colombian played 23 matches in all competitions for Arsenal last season and kept 10 clean sheets.