David Ospina has told his Arsenal
team-mates to stay focused and not lose “concentration” at this crucial stage of the season after a 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday put the Gunners within four points of second-placed Manchester City, as the chase for Champions League place continues.
Coming aback a disappointing week of European football where Arsenal lost at home to French club Monaco which puts them in a perilous state seeking miracle in Monte Carlo later this
month to overturn the 3-1 deficit.
Somehow, a sixth win in seven league matches has pushed the Gunners back up to third in the table and Colombian goalkeeper Ospina, who again was preferred ahead of Wojciech Szczesny for the Toffees clash, believes consistency from themselves is all that matters now, rather than concerns over what form other sides like City may show.
Ospina made a couple of notable saves to deny Romelu Lukaku at the Emirates as goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky secured a morale- boosting victory as he urges his team-mates to keep doing the job and picking up points game after game.
“It is game after game. We know we are close to them (Man City) now, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and not think about them,” Ospina said.
“We will keep doing our job, picking up points and then see what happens.”
When asked if the Monaco defeat did not affect Arsenal psychologically against Everton, Ospina added: “We were not nervous, we were sad after the Monaco result, but in football you have to pick yourselves up quickly.
“Obviously it was a tough night on Wednesday, but you have always got to bounce back and this result was a great way to show that we had done that.
“After what happened against Monaco, the only thing that was important was to win the next game to continue increasing our confidence and keeping heading up the league. Now we are already thinking about the next one, which is QPR.”
Arsenal travel to relegation battlers Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night where they are likely to be without midfielder Francis Coquelin because of a broken nose.