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David Ospina becomes the first Arsenal goalkeeper to save a penalty since 2014 

The Colombian shot-stopper had a great night between the sticks in the Europa League

It’s probably fair to say that Petr Cech hasn’t been at his best this season. 

The Arsenal goalkeeper has been guilty of a few high-profile howlers, notably against Bournemouth, Liverpool and Swansea this season.

It’s getting to the point now where some Gunners fans have had enough of the towering Czech, while rumours of a summer move for Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak are beginning to make the back pages.

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And he’ll certainly be privately dismayed to see how well David Ospina did in this evening’s Europa League clash.

Granted, the North London giants were up against Swedish side Ostersunds, but even so Ospina made a handful of top quality saves and even saved a late penalty.

In fact, the penalty save in stoppage-time was the first time an Arsenal goalkeeper has saved a spot-kick since Lukasz Fabianski did so back in 2014 against Bayern Munich.

Not only is that quite a while ago, but it’s also pretty damning on Cech, who’s failed to save any of the 15 penalties he’s faced since joining the club.

And some fans have suggested that Arsenal should perhaps opt for the Colombian between the sticks ahead of Cech for the remainder of the season.

Yes, really.

Perhaps a tad shortsighted of fans.

After all, since joining the club in 2014, Ospina has been the club’s undisputed back-up, playing second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny and Cech and never really convincing Arsene Wenger as a deserved No 1.

Still, who’s to argue with Arsenal fans?

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