Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dubbed criticism of David Ospina sensationalist after the goalkeeper’s poor performance in the Champions League.
The Columbian shot stopper made a glaring error in the Gunners 3-2 loss to Olympiakos in midweek, scoring an own goal by dropping the ball over the line, leading to heavy condemnation of both him and Wenger, for picking him over Cech, after the game.
“To kill a player like Ospina, he has been voted the best goalkeeper of the Copa America, he is on the Ballon d’Or list, he was by far the best goalkeeper of the Premier League in the second part of the season last year; I find that just sensationalism, it is not analysis of football,” the French boss said ahead of their crucial league match against Manchester United.
The result put Arsenal’s chances of qualifying out of their group in serious jeopardy after they also lost their first game against Dinamo Zagreb, but Wenger remains confident and stressed the importance of getting a result at home against United to keep their momentum going.
“We are still in the Champions League, we are not out of the Champions League. Everybody writes us out, but we are not out,” he added.
“We have a big game at home [against United] and the advantage is to win the big game at home. It is the first maybe massive game for the top of the table. Without the home form, you don’t win the championship, that is for sure.”