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Some Arsenal fans react as Thomas Vermaelen and David Ospina fail to stop rivals’ European march


Some Arsenal fans react as Thomas Vermaelen and David Ospina fail to stop rivals’ European march

Thomas Vermaelen and David Ospina could not halt Tottenham or Liverpool’s Champions League progress.

Tottenham and Liverpool will be joining the Manchester clubs in the Champions League last 16 draw. Facing uphill battles to make it through, both managed to pull off what was necessary. Tottenham drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the Nou Camp, whilst Liverpool claimed a 1-0 win against Napoli at Anfield.

In both games, there was interest from Arsenal fans.

Because two former players were being tasked with the job of stopping their one-time Premier League rivals.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: A dejected David Ospina of Napoli during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on December 11, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Against Tottenham, former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was hoping to shut-out Harry Kane and co. Meanwhile, at Anfield, Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina was in goal for the Italian side.

Arsenal, who are looking like one of the favourites in the Europa League, would have loved to see Vermaelen help Spurs on their way out the competition.

However, Lucas Moura, a man sold by Arsenal boss Unai Emery, eventually broke the stubborn resistance and Spurs are now through:

Meanwhile, at Anfield, Ospina did make a couple of good saves. That said, he also seemed to dive away from the ball as if radioactive for Salah’s winning goal. It was a typically inconsistent display from Ospina that Arsenal fans were used to. It is the reason why Arsene Wenger brought in Petr Cech in 2015 and why Ospina was loaned to Napoli after Bernd Leno’s North London arrival:


Arsenal fans will just be glad this level of mediocrity is no longer at the club. The Gunners are performing brilliantly under Emery this season and face Qarabag on Thursday safe in the knowledge they have already qualified as group winners in the Europa League.

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