Date: 29th September 2015 at 10:49pm
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Shock result for Arsenal tonight as Wenger’s men were beaten by Greek champions Olympiakos, but perhaps even more alarming was the mistake from David Ospina.

The Colombian misread and ultimately mishandled a seemingly harmless corner from Olympiakos midfielder Fortounis, dropping the ball over the line to gift the Greeks their second on the night.

It was a moment of madness and something not usually associated with Ospina. The Colombian has been brilliant since joining the club, with his handling and decision making usually his best attributes.

This will be a sore one for him and he is certainly at fault for the goal but not so for the result.

It is easy to point fingers, and by some accounts that goal was the difference between 2-2 and 3-2, but Arsenal on a whole should and will take responsibility for the result. The first goal should have been dealt with better and cleared, while the third was a total lapse in concentration.

Conceding a goal immediately after scoring is a fundamental mistake, usually down to nothing more than switching off mentally. That is the bigger picture, and Arsenal should not be making these kinds of mistakes.

As for Ospina, we have to feel for the lad. It was a horrible mistake, but nothing more than that. He is still a fantastic goalkeeper and will retain the faith of his teammates and the boss.

Mishaps can and will happen to anybody, it’s best he puts this behind him and prepares himself for his next opportunity. He will continue to get his chances.


3 responses to “Why Ospina is not to blame for Arsenal’s shock defeat to Olympiakos”

  1. K says:

    Your view on a fantastic goalkeeper must be very different to others!! Why sign a world class keeper in Cech and play a very average goalkeeper in the biggest club competition in the world. FA cup and league cup for Ospina fine, but not the champions league!

  2. Unathi says:

    Sensible comment. For me Metersacker has poor application, could have stuck a foot on the third goal. We had shots cleared on the line. It’s clear that teams have worked us out at home. We generally concede stupid goals and struggle to score against a parked bus. That is what I blame the manager for rather than bad team selection. We also don’t vary our game enough. Ox can be marked by three players, it is better to pass from the wide position to eliminate the three players rather try to dribble them because they will come with you and enhance the defensive structure of the opposition. I think the lack of dribbling striker like Henry or Van Persie is affecting our scoring at home. I think Walcott looks sharp though. Carzola and Ozil have been excellent. The manager has to make a call on the back. Gibbs is not as assuring as Monreal, seems defensively naive. Overall there is significant improvement this past weeks despite the losses to Zagreb, Chelsea and Olympiakos. I think must hold players more accountable. I also think he must choose between Ramsey and Carzola and allow a natural wide player to start whether Ox or Campbell.

  3. austinpaul says:

    Nite of gross carelessness nd mental laziness!So disappointing nd annoying! Wats really wrong wit our players? Dey kip conceeding cheap goals nd assisting opponents to defeat dem; OG, deflections, OX has becom d 12th opponent player in most matches, poor defending, lack of consentration; dat 3rd goal last nite was d cheapest amateur goal ever conceeded by a prossional side I’d ever ceen,wat a shameful nd painful goal!