Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stretched belief a little far even for him by calling David Ospina is a “world-class goalkeeper” and has insisted he has never doubted the Colombian’s ability between the sticks.
With first choice Petr Cech out for another four weeks with a calf injury, Ospina has been thrown back into the spotlight.
The shot-stopper played well in the north London derby on Saturday, making nine saves, of which a number were top class.
Ospina had come into criticism earlier in the season after literally throwing the ball in the net against Olympiakos in the Champions League. A mistake that in almost cost the Gunners a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
But despite that Wenger was adamant, ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup replay with Hull City, that he always had faith in the No.13 and that he felt that Ospina was one of the best goalkeepers in the game.
Speaking to the club’s official website Wenger said:
“I have told you many times that I rate Ospina as a world-class goalkeeper and I think he has been unfairly treated [since] I played him against Olympiacos.
“It was a time where his stats did not come out to the press and that’s where I think he got unfair treatment. I never questioned his quality.”
Do you agree with Wenger? Is Ospina world class?