Arsene Wenger had warned his Arsenal players to expect a good performance from QPR after they were relegated last week and he was certainly proved right. He felt that his Gunners handled it well, though, and they got the result which was hugely important. After being awful for most of the season, QPR gave it a real go, especially in the second half. That could have been the case in the first half as well, because they were definitely up for it.
They never got started in the first half, though, because they were stunned by Walcott’s goal after 20 seconds. Arsenal probably should have gone for the jugular before they got themselves together, but the players were probably a bit cautious because of the league situation. The QPR pitch didn’t help either, but the QPR players gave us problems.
“They were fearless,” said Wenger. “You could see that this side had played with special pressure and fear in recent months. They had the quality to stay in the Premier League and they made life difficult for us.
“We had good determination and focus. We lacked a few final balls in the final third, but I expected a difficult game and I was not disappointed.
“The pitch did not help. I believe that QPR are a better team than people expects. But we did not give many chances away. Overall we played a little bit conscious that points were vital and we could not make any mistake.
“It was detrimental to our offensive game but we had a very defensive game today.”
Wenger also revealed that he was aware of Bale scoring a late winner for Tottenham, so the players did really well to start well and keep focused. So Arsenal continue the great run we always seem to manage at this point in the season. The difference this time, so far, is that Tottenham are managing to win as well. We could really do with a favour from Manchester United against Chelsea tomorrow.