Arsenal made hard work of beating the newly-promoted QPR yesterday but finally managed it thanks to Robin Van Persie’s record breaking goal and the team gave Arsene Wenger something to smile about after the game.
He was especially pleased that the Gunners kept a clean sheet, and even more so because Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United all made slip-ups. “Yes, many teams dropped points.” Wenger said. “For us, it was a bit of a repetition of the Wolves game because we didn’t manage to score more than one goal. Then it’s down to not making a mistake at the back and we had to be patient to take our chances. I feel when the repetition of the games is so high, you can’t make a difference with the pace of the game, you have to take your time and focus on not making a mistake. That’s what we did quite well, and Robin van Persie again scored the goal that won us the points.
“It is a good QPR side. They have a good midfield, they played well and they always looked capable of creating something. It is one of the good teams we have seen this season.”
Wenger wasn’t quite so happy about the injury to Thomas Vermaelen, and indicated that it was now urgent to get some defensive reinforcements.
“He has a calf strain, so maybe at midnight I will try to find a left back! It is serious enough for him not to play on Monday [against Fulham] or against Leeds for example. We now have three left-backs out. Francis Coquelin came on in this position and did quite well, but he is a central midfielder.”
But all-in-all it is the three points that count, and Arsenal have gone into the New Year back where they belong; in the top four.