By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal named their starting X1 for Saturday lunchtime’s mouthwatering Premier League clash against West Ham – and their fans were confused.
Arsene Wenger named an unchanged team from the side that emphatically beat Watford 4-0 last weekend.
But this meant no placing in the line-up for first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is on the substitute’s bench for the second consecutive match despite having fully recovered from the calf injury that sidelined him for a month.
Wenger has instead stuck with David Ospina, who has deputised admirably for Cech over the last six matches.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 9, 2016
Ospina has conceded seven goals in the last six matches, although he has crucially kept clean sheets in the last two of those, which Arsenal have won comfortably against Watford and Everton.
But Cech has arguably been the Gunners’ outstanding player this season, following his £11million transfer from Chelsea.
The 34-year-old has showed little sign that his considerable powers are on the wane, which is why supporters admitted to being confused on Twitter as to why Cech was not in the team.
Ospina starts. He’s done well but I find that very, very strange.
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) April 9, 2016
— Alistair Mawas (@ajmawas) April 9, 2016
Wenger on a mad one. Cech fit but starts Ospina. ?
— James #MÖ11 (@BigGohonas) April 9, 2016
— Stephen Arrowsmith (@StephenArrow85) April 9, 2016