Thank you Arsene and Arsenal for sending us off into another tiresome international break with a warm feeling of positivity and optimism following the magnificent performance against United.
Contrast those emotions against the feelings of despair and déjà vu following the home defeat by Olympiacos and you will see the two extremes of supporters’ reactions.
It has been suggested (by LB and others on this blog) that Arsene’s decision to change 6 players for the game against Zagreb and 5 against Olympiacos was evidence that Monsieur Wenger is targeting winning the EPL over the CL.
The most controversial decision on these occasions was to opt for Ospina in goal. Why when we have finally secured the services of a top class keeper would we choose not to play him in such important games?
It has been suggested that there may be a contractual agreement to play Ospina in cup games – if this is the case we cannot argue except to question the sense behind such an arrangement. It may be that Arsene is trying to keep Ospina match fit and motivated as we never know when we might need him to step in for Cech.
Either way, I was shocked that Cech was left on the bench. The defensive unit looks far more solid and assured when he is in goal and apart from the West Ham game, he has been excellent. I think it is fair to say that Ospina has not impressed in his CL appearances.
Some say that supporters should not concern themselves with such matters – leave it to the manager and trust his decisions.
This is a personal decision and is down to every individual to support the club in their own way. Some supporters feel more engaged with the club by wanting to understand what goes on and express their feelings and aspirations – an equally valid form of support.
So back to the euphoria we are currently feeling after spanking the mancs 🙂
Most supporters believe that with the prospect of Thursday night football looming, we need to take at least 3 points from the 2 games against Bayern to progress through to the knock out stage of the CL. But how would you feel if the team for the Bayern game is announced and Ospina is in goal?
What would this tell us?
I’d really like to know how supporters feel on this matter … so place your vote and send out a message.
Feel free to join us in ‘Comments’ to explain your reasoning …. just for the record, I think Arsene will play Ospina.