Arsene Wenger explains controversial selection decision after Arsenal’s West Ham draw

PUBLISHED: 07:30 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:32 10 April 2016

David Ospina of Arsenal fails to make a save as Andy Carroll (3rd R) of West Ham United scores his team's second goal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Ospina of Arsenal fails to make a save as Andy Carroll (3rd R) of West Ham United scores his team's second goal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Arsene Wenger says the benched Petr Cech would not have enjoyed better luck against Andy Carroll than David Ospina.

The Colombian was given the nod for the second successive weekend despite Cech being fit and ready to return to action after a spell in the treatment room.

The 27-year-old, who came into the match having recorded back-to-back clean sheets, watched Carroll score three times and had to make a string of saves to deny West Ham all three points.

And Wenger told his press conference that, no matter which keeper he selected, they would have suffered the same fate at the hands of Carroll.

“The thinking with Ospina is that he has had outstanding performances and Petr Cech or Ospina would have had the exactly the same problem (with Andy Carroll) in the air,” he said.

“He hadn’t conceded in the last two games.”

Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel struggled to deal with hat-trick hero Andy Carroll as the targetman chalked up the fastest treble in the division this season.

And when asked in his post-match press conference why an international defender like the Frenchman could not cope with Carroll Wenger was more concerned with his side’s habit of conceding close range headers.

“I don’t think Koscielny was at fault for the goals,” he explained.

“We paid for our weakness. If you look at the goals we conceded since the start of the season it is headers in our box and that happened today.

“A little moment in the game, we paid heavily for that.”

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