It appears the loss to Dinamo Zagreb hasn’t put Arsene Wenger off rotating the Arsenal squad as he’s predicted to continue allowing David Ospina chances in goal throughout the season.

The news probably won’t come as much of a shock to those who actually understand how football squads and backup goalkeeper work. In fact, the notion that we would continue to let our second choice goalkeeper stand in for cup games and the like, allowing Petr Cech to have a rest, is pretty common practice.

If we only planned on using Cech for every single match, what’s the point of even keeping Ospina at the club?

David Ospina of Arsenal
ZAGREB, CROATIA – SEPTEMBER 16: David Ospina of Arsenal looks back to see the ball hit the back of the net, an own goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal for Zagreb’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal at Maksimir Stadium on September 16, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Although rotating our squad against Zagreb didn’t pay off, Wenger couldn’t have possibly predicted that they wouldn’t perform or that some of our players would start prancing around the pitch as if they’re never encountered our formation before. Ultimately, rotation is a good thing, designed to give regular players a rest in order to prevent injury or fatigue.

Saying this, Wenger has made it clear that he won’t ever allow squad rotation to be an excuse for a poor result.

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