Saturday 20 February 2016

If Ospina leaves how about Jakupovic?

A scintillating display from their goalkeeper is the only reason why Hull City are still in the FA Cup after they managed to earn a 0-0 versus Arsenal away.

One spectacular game does not mean that much in the greater scheme of things, but Eldin Jakupovic's performance at the Emirates was far better than I ever saw Fabianski produce. My thoughts are if Arsenal are looking for a cheap understudy for Petr Cech to replace the want-away David Ospina, they could do a lot worse.

Without Jakupovic, Hull would have certainly lost. Joel Campbell was particularly unlucky with a free kick that the former Switzerland international pushed onto the post.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny was impressive in midfield and, on this performance, it is only a matter of time before he becomes Arsenal's first choice defensive midfielder. The Egyptian has so much energy and tactical nous that he appears all over the pitch, making himself available for the easy pass. I was so impressed with his fitness levels and his ability to deliver a variety of passes. He's not a bad tackler either, so I can see him becoming a huge success at the club.

Another player who seems to be in a rich vein of form is Calum Chambers. Playing at right back, the England international looked assured and skillful. Any problems he may have had earlier in the season appear to be well and truly behind him. The 21-year-old seems to be growing in confidence with each game he plays.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, two excellent performances were not quite enough against Hull and now the north London club face another unwanted away fixture.

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