Wenger: I always said Ospina was world class

The Frenchman paid tribute to his deputy goalkeeper after his fine performance in the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday

Arsene Wenger says he always felt David Ospina was a world-class goalkeeper following his strong performance in Arsenal's draw with Tottenham on Saturday.

The Colombia international is again expected to start in between the sticks when the Gunners travel to Hull City on Tuesday for their FA Cup fifth-round replay, with Petr Cech out injured.

Wenger was impressed with his stand-in custodian's nine saves against Spurs at White Hart Lane and criticised the media for how they treated him after a Champions League mistake against Olympiacos earlier in the season.

"I believe that I told you many times in these press conferences that I rate him as a top class, world-class goalkeeper," said the Frenchman.


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"I never questioned his quality. I think he had been unfairly treated when I played him against Olympiacos and it was a shame that at the time his stats did not come out in the press and that's where I thought he got unfair treatment."

Wenger confirmed a busy fixture schedule will mean he makes changes against Hull, but has confidence in every player he has to call upon.

"We made 10 changes in the first game and I believe we will have a team with a good chance to qualify, no matter who plays. David Ospina is an example of that on Saturday. 

"We will have to make changes to keep the balance right but I have same respect [for the opposition] and exact same idea that every player in my squad can play and can win the game."