David James comments on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s major Champions League decision
David James discusses Arsene Wenger's policy of playing David Ospina in Europe for Arsenal this season
David James insists that he sees no problem with Arsene Wenger opting to play David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the Champions League this season.
The Frenchman has stuck with his policy of giving the Colombia international a run-out in the club’s European games this season, with Ospina helping Arsenal collect points against Paris Saint-Germain and FC Basel this season.
Ospina is widely expected to line up for Arsenal when the Gunners take on Ludogorets in their next Champions League game at The Emirates on Wednesday night.
And although former England goalkeeper James believes that there is nothing wrong with such a policy, he admits that Wenger may have to think twice about it should Arsenal progress to the latter stages of the competition.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Sport Review, James said: “The answer has to be based on what I would do in a manager’s capacity rather than saying if someone’s right or wrong without having had that experience.
“Managing out in India I changed my goalkeepers about – granted, that wasn’t in different competitions, but I would be prepared to do it within a league season, let alone just for cup competitions.
“Providing your goalkeepers are capable – I think Ospina proved himself to be capable before Petr Cech was there – then I don’t see what the worry is.
“The biggest question is, were Arsenal to progress to the semi-finals and even the final, would he [Wenger] maintain that rule, that he is going to play Ospina ahead of Cech? At the moment, I don’t see a problem with it at all.
“Ospina’s decent, Cech is better but you expect Arsenal to get through the group stage – and the quality of Ospina should be good enough to help them do that.”
Arsenal head into the game after their 3-2 win over Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
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