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'World-class' Ospina to start against Sunderland, confirms Wenger

Arsene Wenger has described David Ospina as "world-class" and confirmed his second-choice goalkeeper will start against Sunderland in the FA Cup this weekend.

Ospina has yet to feature in the Premier League this season due to Petr Cech's impressive form since arriving from Chelsea in June, with the Colombian's only match action coming in the League Cup and the Champions League.

An own-goal in Arsenal's 3-2 defeat to Olympiacos prompted criticism of Ospina - and of Wenger for resting Cech - but the Frenchman remains confident in his No.2 goalkeeper.

"[David] Ospina will play. I believe that Ospina has not been treated fairly. If you look at the whole of 2015, everybody neglects how well he played for six months," he told reporters.

"I personally think he is world-class. I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no.

"It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina. I was very happy with Ospina. It was just an opportunity to say no would not have been right. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision. I rate him highly.

09/01/16

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