David Ospina has called on the Arsenal squad to maintain their focus as they look to further close the gap on second place Manchester City.
Yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Everton means the Gunners have picked up six wins in their last seven Premier League outings, a run of form that has seen them cut the gap on Manuel Pellegrini’s stuttering reigning champions from 11 to four points.
While Chelsea seem destined to pick up their first league title in five years Arsene Wenger’s men know that the race for a top four finish remains as competitive as ever.
“It is game after game,” Ospina told the Press Association after the Gunners seventh consecutive win at home in the league.
“We know we are close to them (Man City) now, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and not think about them. We will keep doing our job, picking up points and then see what happens.”
“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.”
Further to yesterday’s comments about the victory being driven by a ‘back-to-basics’ approach, Arsene Wenger has underlined how important it was to secure three points against the Toffees.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the boss noted: “It was a test of character and it was a mental response that was important. It was a mental victory to respond to what happened to us on Wednesday night.
“To win the game is just vital. We did it in a very convincing way. We know that we can do better with the ball but we were focused on just winning the game and I like that aspect of the team as well.
“There was a big tension and I can tell you that in the last four days the tension was massive as you can imagine. At the end of the day, it’s down to the response and the result and I’m convinced that is important and the three points will be vital for our confidence.”