The performance was far from anything we have come to see this month where usually they have battled to the final whistle, it just a bad day at the office. With Manchester City waiting in the wings for the blockbuster tie at the Emirates, things couldn’t have gone more wrong for an Arsenal side that were barely tested but rarely looked threatening.
Defensive slips made their two well taken goals that left Szczesny homeless, with Walcott netting an equalizer between QPR’s strikes but they couldn’t find an equalizer. Van Persie’s came close to rejuvinate Arsenal’s hope of eight wins in a row, but his menacing strike was well saved by the Rangers ‘keeper after he was dispatched by a now regular Song throughball.
Wenger was far from happy with the loss, but believes they just did not show up today with the necessary hunger, he said after Saturday’s loss:
[on the performance] It is very frustrating because they left us the ball and waited for our mistakes. We took the ball, did not do a lot with it and made the mistakes. At the end of the day that made the result.
Our performance was not good enough to win this kind of game, especially in the duels. They had a little bit of extra special commitment that took advantage of us in some specific positions defensively. Overall we can only congratulate QPR for their attitude and be unhappy with our own performance
[on the surprise nature of the defeat] Any bad performance you can see coming. Each football game is a new start. It is not what you have made before that decides the game, it is what you produce on the day. And what we produced on the day was not good enough.
[on the pitch] The pitch is not smaller than any other pitch. The pitch was bad but it does not explain our performance. We did not create enough to win a football game.
[on errors at the back] I do not want to single anyone out but of course we made defensive mistakes. It is a good shock to come back to what has made our strength recently. Subconsciously something was missing today. In the Premier League, if you miss something on the commitment front you are beaten. That is what happened today.
[on possible complacency] It is difficult to single out one reason but why not? We played against a team who play for survival. We prepared properly but we missed something today and you could see that. Their keeper made a good save.
[on the conceded goals] We lost a game when our keeper had nothing to do. It is the first time this season, we were too open when we had the ball.
[on the response] We know how to respond, we have been exposed to this situation this season. We have a good opportunity on Sunday but it will be needed after giving away the points today.
The Gunners are still in third place with Spurs set to play Swansea tomorrow night, however Chelsea made up ground yesterday after a battling win over Aston Villa saw them move 2 points behind fourth placed Spurs.
But with a tough match looming Arsenal need to rejuvinate their fighting spirit before facing Premier League contenders Manchester City. Van Persie also needs to find his scoring touch again, and Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to start! Ramsey has done little to warrant a starting spot, with Rosicky still remaining a threat, so it’s time for Wenger to reintroduce the Ox on the wing.
Match report to follow..