EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Petr Cech will be recalled to the Arsenal team for Sunday’s showdown against Manchester United, Football Insider sources understand.
Arsene Wenger also intends to select the Gunners’ No1 for the pivotal home-and-away Champions League clashes against Bayern Munich.
Cech was left out of the Arsenal side for Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos, which leaves the Londoners facing an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages.
Wenger refused to blame defeat on the selection in goal of David Ospina, who made a huge blunder for Olympiakos’ second goal as he spilt a corner behind the goal-line.
But Cech will be recalled for Sunday’s Premier League clash against leaders United at Emirates Stadium and the manager intends to select him for the crucial Champions League games against Bayern on 20 October and 4 November.
Ospina has been in goal for Arsenal’s two Group F matches to date but Wenger recognises he needs his first-choice goalkeeper for fixtures that will have a significant bearing on whether Arsenal maintain their 15-year record of reaching the Champions League knockout stages.
Wenger has insisted that he was right to leave Cech on the bench against Olympiakos, where he was joined by first-team regulars Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal.
“We play many games,” explained Wenger afterwards. “That is why we rotated. The other teams do it as well. If you look at the benches of the other teams in the Champions League, they rotate their players.
“You cannot play every three days without rotating your players. It is a fact and you have to accept that.”