It wasn’t the clear cut and dominant win many were hoping for, but we came away from Loftus Road with all three points in a performance that impressed Arsene Wenger, as reported on Arsenal‘s official website.
The likes of Karl Henry, Sandro, and Bobby Zamora ensured it was an incredibly physical battle, and we had to weather a bit of an early storm.
We grew into the game however, and after Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez made it 2-0 it looked like a routine finish.
Nothing is ever routine for Arsenal however, and a second half strike from Charlie Austin made for a tense ending.
Wenger was pleased with our reaction to the physicality of the South London side however, and had nothing but praise for our boys.
“The first half was very physical and we needed to be resilient and focused on winning the fight.”
“We had be patient, focus on our game and get the ball down and play.
“Slowly we did that in the last 15 minutes of the first half. The second half we controlled very well and played very well.
“I felt that our game was fluent, quick, sharp. Overall it’s a great win and a deserved one.
“[The first goal] was a classic counter-attack. We made many good ones tonight but Rob Green had an outstanding game and kept them in it.
“I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well.”
Coming away with all three points is all that really matters, and with all the top teams securing wins this week it was vitally important that we followed suit.
No game in the Premier League is a given, but we should be expecting to beat QPR. They look like sure candidates for relegation this season, and if we drop points against teams at the foot of the table then we will have no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t finish in the top four.
We will need to be far better against Manchester United at Old Trafford this Monday, as a loss would mean far more than three dropped points, and would see us out of the FA Cup which we so badly want to retain.