Arsene Wenger refuses to confirm Petr Cech’s place after David Opsina’s excellent PSG display

PUBLISHED: 00:25 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 14 September 2016

Shkodran Mustafi harries Angel Di Maria. PICTURE: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Shkodran Mustafi harries Angel Di Maria. PICTURE: John Walton/EMPICS Sport


Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on whether David Ospina or Petr Cech will start Saturday’s Premier League match at Hull City after watching his Columbian keeper perform heroics against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

The Gunners got out of jail with a 77th minute Alexis Sanchez equaliser to draw the game 1-1 – after being under the cosh for the majority of the evening as they were stunned to concede a 42-second opener by Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.

But the forward then proceeded to miss three very good chances as he was thwarted by an impressive Ospina who staked a claim for a first team berth at the weekend.

When asked if it would be difficult to change Ospina for Petr Cech for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Hull City the Frenchman replied with caution, saying: “Look we have rules the keepers know.

“It’s important to have those rules at the start of the season – and when that changes I’ll inform them.”

But when he was pressed about David Opsina’s excellent display which saw him foil Cavani on numerous occasions Wenger conceded: “He did well. He also came out with a great header.

“I have two world class goalkeepers but whether we have enough games for both of them I don’t know.

“If you don’t have enough games you can’t keep them happy.

“But you can always change your mind as he [Ospina] has staked a claim.”

Wenger also admitted he was pleased with the resilience his team showed despite being put under considerable pressure during long spells of the game by Unai Emery’s men – despite his team playing too deep leaving Sanchez isolated for the first 45 minutes.

He said: “I feel overall we played against a very good PSG team who started much stronger than us. They played at a very high pace.

“In the first half we were in trouble mainly when we lost the ball because they pressed well.”

However, he insisted he knew his team could rally if they could only improve their ball retention, adding: “But even in the first half you could see that if we could keep the ball better we could be dangerous, and we could create chances.

“Our midfield played a bit too far from Sanchez in the opening 45 minutes but in the second half we played higher up – and straight away you could see we had a good chance to come back.

“We have experienced players in the Champions League now and we were resilient.”

Referring to Olivier Giroud’s late sending off with Marco Verratti Wenger said he didn’t see the tussle – but he did add: “Giroud told me it was nothing.

“Olivier is honest so I believe him – and even Verratti told me it was nothing,”

A disappointed PSG manager Emery explained: “Cavani scored a good goal. But he missed three chances.

“Some days it will go in for you and some days it won’t – the main thing is we created many chances against Arsenal – but we didn’t score them.”

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