It would have been understandable if a large number of Arsenal fans were dreading Thursday’s Europa League tie against AC Milan.
The club have had a difficult couple of weeks with some very unsavoury results.
Arsene Wenger’s men were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, and a few days later lost to Pep Guardiola’s side again by the same scoreline, but this time in the Premier League.
The team were unable to bounce back against Brighton last weekend as they suffered a 2-1 loss at the Amex Stadium.
After four defeats in a row in all competitions, Wenger’s job came under increasing pressure, with plenty of fans calling for the board to sack the Frenchman.
On Thursday, though, the Gunners put in a much-needed positive performance as they earned a 2-0 victory over AC Milan in the first leg of their last 16 Europa League tie.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey got on the scoresheet in the San Siro, while Mesut Ozil nabbed assists for both goals.
David Ospina also made a case for himself for the number one role as he managed to keep a clean sheet.
So far, Petr Cech has been in between the sticks for Premier League games and Ospina has been selected for cup matches.
Some supporters want the latter to be the permanent number one.
— Luke (@Luke_AFC01) March 8, 2018
Ospina is gonna get to 200 clean sheets before Cech. #afc
— Dean Moloney (@deano8six) March 8, 2018
I’ve seen enough. Agent Cech out. Ospina in. #afc
— Mohammed (@think_B1G) March 8, 2018
Ospina is so much more reliable than Cech. #afc
— Matthew Freedman (@ArsenalTalk24) March 8, 2018
Ospina's performance ?
If we had Cech in goal we would have conceeded a lot of goals
— Collins Milanya (@MilanyaCollins) March 8, 2018
Ospina should be being played regularly and Cech needs to be benched. Ospina has been far better this season compared to Cech.
— Mel ?✨ (@TheSimplyGooner) March 8, 2018
Time for Ospina to replace Cech? I think so. #Arsenal
— TranmereLoyal (@LiamMcMullen32) March 8, 2018
Drop Cech for Ospina.
— Block 2 Gooner (@Benjamin_AFC) March 8, 2018
Rock solid today. Ospina should replace Cech as our #1 keeper for the rest of the season. https://t.co/99P0eYcvKJ
— afc (@Hipstar_8) March 8, 2018