Petr Cech will be making his Champions League debut in an Arsenal shirt tonight when they face Bayern Munich at the Emirates. The 33 year-old was sidelined for the Gunners first 2 group games against Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb, as Wenger preferred David Ospina to the former Chelsea shotstopper.
Cech is the number 1 choice in-between the sticks for Arsenal, but Wenger saw both games as ones the Colombian keeper could handle. The Gunners eventually lost both games, with Ospina clearly at fault for the second loss when he mistakenly dropped the ball behind the goal line. The team now face an almost-insurmountable task of qualifying for the knockout stages as they face Bayern in the next 2 Champions League games.
The French coach announced that the Czech keeper will return to the goal when they play against the German champions. The fumbling Ospina who was surprisingly included in the 50 man-list for the 2014 Ballon D’or won’t be making the squad. Speaking in a Pre-match press conference, Wenger said,
“Ospina is out injured. He has already been out. He came back from Colombia with a shoulder problem and he is out.”
Cech has kept 5 clean sheets for the team in the Premier League already, following a disappointing League debut for Arsenal against West Ham. And he has conceded just 7 goals thus far, making Arsenal the best team defensively since the season started. The coach will be hoping they produce another defensive heroics when they face the high-scoring German side that boast of an on-form Robert Lewandoski.
Bayern have recorded 9 straight victories in the Bundesliga this season, and are already on 6 points in the Champions League after securing 2 emphatic victories in their opening matches. The match is anticipated as a tough showdown, following the recent performances of both sides in the domestic fronts. Arsenal go into the game inspired after having won their last 2 games 3 goals to nil.