After keeper’s howler led to Arsenal defeat by Olympiacos
- Arsenal suffered shock UEFA Champions League loss by Olympiacos
- Greek side won 3-2 at Emirates Stadium leaving Gunners bottom of group
- Goalkeeper David Ospina dropped ball over goal line from a corner to give visitors a 2-1 lead in north London
- Arsene Wenger refused to say why he picked Ospina over Petr Cech
Arsene Wenger defended his decision to play David Ospina despite the goalkeeper’s embarrassing howler in a calamitous night for Arsenal.
As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, the Colombian started ahead of regular No 1 Petr Cech against Olympiacos.
But Ospina carelessly carried the ball over his own goal line from a Kostas Fortounis corner to gift the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Arsene Wenger shows his frustration on the touchline during Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat by Olympiacos
Wenger, sat next to assistant Steve Bould, watched his side slump to successive European losses
Wenger, though, refused to admit he made a mistake in selecting Ospina ahead of Cech.
‘To say I regret the decision is always the simple thing. No keeper is mistake-free, it could have happened to Petr Cech as well. That’s part of it,’ said Wenger.
‘Why did I make the decision? I don’t give you why. I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make.
‘You are capable to judge what I do and I leave you to that. I made the decisions and the selections for the team and I am responsible for them. And I know many things that you don’t know. Or that you ignore.
‘We cannot select the team by making a poll before the game and getting everybody’s opinion.’
Wenger’s misery was compounded by a hamstring injury to Laurent Koscielny, who is a major doubt for Sunday’s clash against Manchester United.
David Ospina scored an own goal for Arsenal after flapping at a corner under no pressure
The Gunners keeper ended up bundling the ball over his own goal line to give Olympiacos a 2-1 lead
Benched Arsenal keeper Petr Cech (right) shakes hands with Olympicaos stopper Roberto after the game
Laurent Koscielny is now an injury concern for Arsenal after picking up a hamstring injury during the defeat
Source: Daily Mail