Arsene Wenger has admitted his side have good momentum and that it’s proving important when performances aren’t quite up to scratch.
Although victorious in the end, Arsenal struggled at times against relegated QPR and were thankful for a fantastic Wojciech Szczesny save to deny Loic Remy an equaliser.
“We definitely have momentum,” said the manager after the game. “If you look at the points we have made compared to two months ago. We are going for it and we make the points. Away from home recently, we’ve won everywhere – at Fulham, at Sunderland, at Swansea and at QPR.
“We scored early and started well. After that, QPR played with quality and pride. They were fearless. 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. Sometimes when a team goes down they played well in the game after and win.
“You could see that as Reading won away from home. We need a special focus to win this game. 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 sound defensive game today.”