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Arsene Wenger under fire: Arsenal boss blasted for playing Ospina

Published 30/09/2015 | 13:38

Arsenal's Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (C) drops the ball over the line from a corner taken by Olympiakos's Greek midfielder Kostas Fortounis
Arsenal's Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (C) drops the ball over the line from a corner taken by Olympiakos's Greek midfielder Kostas Fortounis

Ian Wright labelled Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's decision to select David Ospina "a big mistake" after the Gunners slumped to a 3-2 defeat against Olympiacos in the Champions League.

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The painful home loss has left Arsenal with no points from their opening two group games, with back-to-back matches against mighty Bayern Munich to come and early elimination a real danger.

Ospina dropped the ball over his line to gift Olympiacos their second goal, with the Colombian's selection ahead of regular first-choice Petr Cech therefore coming in for close scrutiny.

Former Arsenal striker Wright said on BT Sport: "I was worried about Ospina at the start because I believe the back two guys (Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel) aren't confident enough as it is.

"There's not enough aerial supremacy in there and the goalkeeper seemed to me like he was trying to second-guess something.

"For somebody who's not playing often - and this is a must-win game - how can you put Ospina in goal? You've got to question the manager there.

"I think that's a big mistake. Why not start with Petr Cech simply because of the experience he's got? Because we have to win this game, Arsenal have to win this game.

"Normally we're out by the quarter-final, last 16, this time we've got a massive hill to climb (to survive the group stage)."

Celebrity supporter Piers Moragn was once again unhappy with the decision making of the Frenchman.

“Shocking by Ospina. THIS is why Cech should have played. Wenger fails again,” he posted on his Twitter account efore urging the club to go for former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.

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