Arsene Wenger defends Ospina and rotation after Arsenal are beaten by Olympiacos
Arsene Wenger endured a tense post match press conference after Arsenal’s 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium last night.
Wenger said: “I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make.
“It’s a farce. Ospina played 19 games last season, kept 14 clean sheets. Last week at Tottenham, he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake-free, it could have happened to Petr Cech as well. That’s part of it.”
Ospina dropped a routine catch from a corner to gift Olympiacos a goal on the way to the Greek side’s first win in 13 visits to England – after defeats in their previous 12.
“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.”
Laurent Koscielny limped off with a hamstring injury during the second half.
Wenger added: “It looks to be a hamstring. We play many games and that’s why we rotated. The other teams do it as well.
On his decision to rotate his team for the match, Wenger said
“You look at the benches of the other teams in Champions League they rotate their players. You can’t play every three days without rotating your players. It’s a fact and you have to accept that.”