Blow for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger rules out key star out of Europa League game


Arsenal face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League this Thursday and Arsene Wenger has delivered the Gunners injury update ahead of the game.

Petr Cech watched from the bench due to a groin injury in the Gunners Premier League game last weekend as they thumped Stoke City at the Emirates. Ospina played in the stead of Cech and Wenger has revealed that the Colombian will continue in-between the sticks this on Thursday.

Although, the Stoke City game was meant to be difficult, key players like Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were rested. The aforementioned stars are most likely going to return to Arsenal’s starting XI, with players like Elneny and Welbeck returning to the bench also.

Ospina has been the first choice goalkeeper for Arsenal since the start of the Europa League but there were speculations that Cech would be handed first team action in the latter stages of the competition.

Speaking after Arsenal’s win over Stoke City, Wenger revealed that Cech is short of fitness for the against CSKA Moscow.

“He’s better today,” said Wenger when speaking to the press. “He will go out for a little session maybe now.

“I still think he will be a little short for Thursday.”

Arsenal fans are divided over the choice of Petr Cech and David Ospina – Cech has not in his best of form and you can hardly how much better he is than Ospina.

Meanwhile, Lacazette returned in the Stoke City game but there no telling if he will be featured in the Europa League game.

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  1. I
    April 3, 2018

    It is my submission that Ospina has always been selected for all cup matches while Cech is for league games only unless if this arrangement is affected by sickness or injury

    It is therefore mischievous for the writer to suggest that Cech would have been selected ahead of Osie for the Thursday game. After all Osie
    is a better keeper than the aging Cech