Wenger says fringe man can be Arsenal star

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that David Ospina can still be the club’s number one goalkeeper, despite the presence of Petr Cech in North London.

The Colombian was given a chance to play at the start of last year and put in solid showings as the Gunners finished last season strongly.

Ospina is an able stopper but the arrival of Cech has seen the South American demoted to the bench and not given a chance to play for the Gunners.

The former Nice man is set to get a chance int he FA Cup this weekend, but Wenger has not ruled out Ospina winning his place back in the starting line-up for a prolonged period.

The French manager has admitted that he is happy to have the South American custodian in his squad and does not want to rule out bringing the Colombia international back into the team in the Premier League.

“I believe that Ospina is not treated fairly. If you look at the whole of 2015, everybody neglects he played six months,” The Guardian quote Wenger as saying.

“I personally think he is world class. I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no.

“It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina. I was very happy with Ospina. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision. I rate him highly.