Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has called upon his team-mates to ignore their critics and treat each game like a final as they go in search for Champions League qualification.

The Spanish left-back joined the the Emirates outfit back in January after completing his move on transfer deadline day for a fee estimated at £8.5million and has been impressive ever since signing and has also notched his first goal for the club against Swansea last weekend.

Arsenal are currently sitting in fifth, behind London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, in the Premier League and are currently just outside of the Champions League places with nine games left. 

The Gunners are four points behind North London rivals Tottenham, who are sitting in fourth, but they do have a game in hand over them, which if they win, will see them go just a point behind Spurs. 

Fifth placed Arsenal are also only five points off third placed, Chelsea and Monreal believes it is time for the players to ignore all the critics and prove them wrong by finishing in the top four once again.

Speaking to Arsenal magazine, Monreal said: "We still have matches left to fix the situation and to try to meet our objectives.

"It is logical that people talk because the situation has not been as it should be, but the players and club in general have to ensure that doesn't affect us.

"We have to use our energy for the matches. If you are thinking of what people are saying, you are wasting that energy. You have to concentrate on the next match.

"Every fixture now is a final we have to win. That has to be our mentality. I am sure we will put it right."


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