‘We need to adapt quickly as possible’

Much of the pre-match talk ahead of our Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sutton United has centred around the National League side’s plastic pitch.

David Ospina has started in every round so far - and our goalkeeper feels the key will be “adapting as quickly as possible” to unfamiliar surroundings on Monday night.

“I think that's the tricky part, because we're not used to playing on that kind of pitch,” he told Arsenal Player.

“It affects [goalkeepers] a bit because it's a harder pitch and we're not used to the surface, but that's what we've got and we have to get on with it.

“I think it's important to respect every opponent. We will continue to do our job because we want to advance in the competition - that's the mentality we need to have.

“They will be the home side and they'll be desperate to perform well, so our concentration has to be at 100 per cent.

“We know that they have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain, so that's why we have to make sure we're on our game.”


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