Healthy Petr Cech to ride the bench v West Ham, David Ospina to start

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In a risky move by Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager has decided to make starting goalkeeper Petr Cech a healthy scratch from the starting XI when the team takes on West Ham United at Boleyn Ground today. He will be replaced in goal by David Ospina, who will get his 12th start of the season for Arsenal. Cech has missed over a month of action due to a leg injury he sustained at the end of a game where he ran out of goal.

Though Cech has reportedly gotten a clean bill of health, Wenger is apparently playing it safe during a crucial stretch of games where the team’s slim BPL title hopes and more likely Champions League hopes are on the line.

Cech is currently tied for third in the Premier League in clean sheets with 12 in 28 matches – only Man City’s Joe Hart and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel have more.

Ospina has recorded back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League after conceding seven goals in his previous four starts for the Gunners in March against Tottenham, Hull, Watford and Barcelona.

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