When Petr Čech pulled up on Wednesday night, everyone had the same thought: not David Ospina against Tottenham.
However, the Colombian shut plenty of critics up (for the time being) with a solid display in Saturday’s north London derby. Despite conceding twice he proved his worth as a shot-stopper once again, even if he did parry a couple of efforts a little needlessly.
In fact, with nine saves to his name it was the best shot stopping effort from any Arsenal goalkeeper in a Premier League match for quite some time.
David Ospina made 9 saves vs. Spurs today, the most by an Arsenal goalkeeper in a Premier League game since 2009. pic.twitter.com/fEipBi3mcb
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Cheers, Dave! The worry is that a few of those efforts were knocked just ahead of him before being collected or cleared by him or one of his defenders.
Though many of the saves were standard for a goalkeeper at that level, two stops, in particular, managed to prevent what looked like certain goals. Erik Lamela’s first half effort from a fierce Kyle Walker cross was pushed away brilliantly before a second half save prevented the ball from crossing the line with the finest of margins.
Teetering on the edge of not so great – the goalkeeper would’ve been widely criticised for standing behind the line had that effort gone in – and very good, he did keep us in the game and received high praise from Mauricio Pochettino as a result.. With Čech facing up to a month out, let’s hope there’s more to come from Ospina.