Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal’s performance lacked some of the desire and determination that has brought about so many good results recently.
In a physical, but fair, game, the home side seemed to have that little bit extra in the tackle, and for Wenger that was what made the difference. It might only have been a small drop in performance, but in the Premier League that’s all it takes.
“Our performance was not good enough to win this kind of game, especially in the duels,” he said. “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.”
Two uncharacteristic mistakes from Thomas Sendermaelen brought about both QPR goals but the manager rightly didn’t point fingers and again focused on the team’s performance.
“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.”
And after seven straight wins, it’s telling that one defeat has opened up so many old wounds and made people nervous about what lies ahead. Arsene knows the response will be crucial.
“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.”