FA Cup Final: Ospina To Start In Goal Ahead Of Cech

David Ospina is expected to start for Arsenal in Wembley – Credit: Patrick HERTZOGPATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/

By Oladapo Okeowo

David Ospina would be manning the goal in the final of the FA Cup against Chelsea on Saturday.

This is believed to be as a result of a knock picked up by the first-choice goalkeeper, Petr Cech.

The decision is sure to come as a bloe to Cech who was looking forward to facing off against his old side.

His injury adds to the defensive woes of Arsenal as the manager, Arsene Wenger, would have to do a lot of tinkering and mish-mashing with injuries and suspensions to key defenders.

He is expected to ask returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to step in at left wing-back in his 3-4-2-1 formation. Hector Bellerín will continue at right wing-back.

Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt after suffering a concussion in the game against Sunderland.

Laurent KKoscielny (suspension) and Gabriel Paulista (knee) are also unavailable.

This leaves Arsene with no choice but to turn to club captain, Per Mertesacker who has not played this year or in a back three.

Per said “When I was young, I started in a back four and that was my position from then on for the last 15 years. Everyone starts from zero with that new system.

“Am I able to play for 90 minutes? I cannot tell you. I haven’t played this year. But I have done this for 15 years, so I expect myself to be absolutely ready, no matter what comes. I am going to go for it. I owe it to this team and this club. I want to make sure I will be ready and my mind-set is 120 minutes, plus penalties.”

Ospina is expected to leave the club in the summer and this might be last chance at winning silverware with the club.


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