London - The fallout from Arsenal's Champions League loss to
Olympiakos Piraeus spilled over into the news conference before their
Manchester United game, with Arsene Wenger nearly storming out after being
asked why he picked David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech.
Goalkeeper Ospina mishandled a corner and dropped the ball
over his line in midweek to give the visitors their second goal of the match,
which the Greek side won 3-2.
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"I do not want to come back on that. I don't change a
word of what I said. I have two world-class goalkeepers," a livid Wenger
told reporters ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with table-toppers
"Do not come always back with that same story. I think
you lack a bit creativity in the press, you all follow a bandwagon that is very,
very, very, very boring,"
"It's the easiest choice I have to make, to pick one of
those two. Look, stop that story, or we stop the press conference. If you
question Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.
"Nobody analysed the numbers. It's depressing. Yes, the
goalkeeper made a mistake, but we could still have won the game," the
Currently fourth in the table, Arsenal have a 24 percent win
rate against United in the league, their lowest against any team in the
competition, and their hopes to improve that record have suffered a blow, with
defender Laurent Koscielny ruled out of the tie.
The France international was forced off in the 57th minute
of the match again Olympiakos with a hamstring injury.
Wenger also confirmed that midfielders Mathieu Flamini and
Mikel Arteta, both of whom missed Tuesday's game, have not recovered in time to
face the Red Devils.
"Koscielny will be out. Flamini and Arteta will also be
missing," the Frenchman said.For
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