DAVID OSPINA claims he still does not feel like Arsenal's No. 1 despite his heroics against Everton.

The Colombian keeper made a string of great stops in a nervy 2-0 win, not least a flying save to deny Romelu Lukaku an equaliser.

But Ospina reckons competition for places is so tough at the Emirates he is always looking over his shoulder at Wojciech Szczesny.

He said: "Here you are fighting in every training session. Arsenal has some great goalkeepers and that's what's important.

"The manager takes the decision, but every one does their own job, the competition is healthy and I hope to continue making the most of the opportunity I've been given.

"This competition pushes you to be better, always. At the level we're at, in a team like Arsenal, you always have to keep performing to stay in the team and this helps you to work much harder and to improve every day."

The Gunners are now only four points behind Manchester City but Ospina insists they can't get distracted by talk of finishing second.

He said: "Now we are just thinking about ourselves. We'll keep doing our job and picking up points and then we'll see what happens.

"It's game after game and we know we're close to them now, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and not think about them.

"Here, everything is important. Every game. And now we are already thinking about the next one which is QPR."

Arsenal go to Loftus Road with their tails up again after last week's Champions League horror show at home to Monaco.

Ospina said: "We were sad after the Monaco result but in football you have to pick yourselves up quickly.

"We had that disappointment of losing to Monaco, losing at home, but we've still got the return leg.

"Obviously it was a tough night but you've always got to bounce back and beating Everton was a great way to show that we had done that."

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