By Alex Taylor
David Ospina started in goal for Arsenal ahead of Petr Cech in the Gunners 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening – and fans were thrilled with his performance.
The move to promote the Colombian was reminiscent of Arsene Wenger’s decision to rest Cech in Arsenal’s opening-day Champions League defeat to Olympiacos last season, which prompted a deluge of criticism from fans and pundits.
The Gunners conceded early though Edinson Cavani but Ospina, 28, was involved in a number of top-class saves to keep Arsenal in the game at 1-0.
The Gunners number two helped keep the score down and allowed Alexis Sanchezs’ late strikr to earn Wenger’s side a precious point at the Stade de France.
Supporters shared their enjoyment at Ospina’s stunning display on social media while one fan admitted he had been proved wrong by the Colombia international
Here are a collection of the messages on Twitter:
Overall Arsenal thought: Giroud should never have been sent off, Mustafi looks quality, Ospina was actually very good in the end. (BBC) #UCL
— AFCPressWatch© (@AFCPressWatch) September 13, 2016
Good if fortuitous point for Arsenal. Never gave up. But lucky Cavani took only 1 of 4, 5 chances. Ospina excellent. Giroud daft, silly ban
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 13, 2016
Can't believe we've come away with a draw, but I'll take it.
Well played Ospina, answered the doubters (incl me). #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 13, 2016
Goalkeeping performance of the season here from David Ospina.
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) September 13, 2016
Ospina currently proving me very wrong
— Raj Patel (@rajpatel1809) September 13, 2016
3 big saves by Ospina
— MD (@Memz_Dogi) September 13, 2016
Ospina saved Arsenal today. Much to my surprise!!! Too bad for giroud, another foolish action from him. Anyway a point is good for us.
— Sonde kehinde (@Kenny_Sonde) September 13, 2016
Wenger will now return his thoughts to domestic football after the draw.
His side take on Hull City in the Premier League this weekend and will be looking to make it 10 points from their first five fixtures this term.
Wenger’s side have lost one, drawn one and won two of their four domestic encounters so far.