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Wenger Believes In The Quality

Arsene Wenger is look for Arsenal to bounce back from a nightmare week as he prepares his team to face struggling QPR at The Grove tomorrow.

Wenger concedes that that team has lost it`s attacking edge over the past 7 days but believes we have the quality to make it right.

'At West Ham, we looked outstanding going forwards, dynamic and then suddenly had two flat performances. It is difficult to explain. We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm.

'But we have to just focus again on the quality of our game, the way we want to play, and not concede too much against who we play. With the quality (we have), the results will come back.

'We have to put what happened to us on Wednesday night into perspective - we know we were not at our best, but we have lost one game in 43 home European games. An accident like that can happen.

'We are still in a strong position in the Champions League, what is important for us now is to bounce back and have a good result in the Premier League.'

This is almost a 'cut n paste' response we've heard from Arsene many times over the past few seasons but we have to hope that this current blip is just that, because if we follow up 2 very poor results and performances (and a fiery AGM) with a third against one of the league`s bottom sides then things are really going to kick off.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2012

Time: 2:11PM

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What happened at the AGM that made it fiery?
Professor Calculus
Quite right, there. A lot was made up by the media, of a fractious AGM whereas, the club should be commended for holding an event that will give stakeholders an opportunity to face the management and board, in such trying times.
Hill-Wood stabbed his cigar into the eye of Tim Payton and called him a pleb prof, full on brawl ensued.
Hmmm. Interesting line up by Wenger. Jack and Sagna start. Arteta, Ramsey and Cazorla too. A 4-4-2 or are we going to see Cazorla on the right wing? That's what I think he was bought for, if you ask me.
We've been a wee bit tentative in the attacking 3rd of the opponents. A little more gambling and we could have been at least, 1 up, from the spilled shots their keeper has had. On two occasions, if we had runners who anticipated the shots, we could have succeeded in getting onto the rebounds. The side is still struggling with the new formation/personnel perhaps and we know we are yet to Gel in the front.
Sagna has done well and so has Jack, who has been in the middle of everything good we have done, going forward. Great to have him back even if it appears to have caused Cazorla to play more from the flanks and reduced his influence, somewhat.
Sagna has done well and so has Jack, who has been in the middle of everything good we have done, going forward. Great to have him back even if it appears to have caused Cazorla to play more from the flanks and reduced his influence, somewhat.
Get in there!!!
Not convincing but it is 3 points in the bag.
Jack was very impressive, probably our best player and Sagna had a good game also. Ramsey doesn't really offer much as an attacking threat out wide and needs to be played in the middle. I can understand him being picked on the right wing in a tough away game to help us control the midfield (as in the Man City game where he played well). At home against a team near the bottom of the table we should be playing a proper winger to deliver the crosses for Giroud. Hopefully this will boost the confidence of the team a bit and we can put a run together.
Putting a run together will mean beating Reading in midweek and Man Utd at the weekend. Then going to Germany to get something out of Schalke. These should be the target now. COYG!
Yep 3 away games in a row. The Man Utd. and Schalke away games will be tough but we need to win or at the very least draw these games to have a chance of winning anything at the end of the season.
We we're extremely lucky v QPR. Arteta was clearly offside for our goal. And QPR had great chances to score after we went ahead. How is it that sides that can't win games all season long trouble us? Even after they have a man sent off?
It wasn't a great performance and we did get a bit of luck with the goal but it's a massive improvement from the last 2 games. QPR did have a few chances but we created more and still deserved to win I think. Lets focus on the positives for now. Santos wasn't awful either today.
Finally a wrong decision went in our FAVOUR!!! I know we kept a clean sheet, but I have t say Mannone doesn't fill me with confidence.
We deserved to win of course, but it's cause for concern when we need to hold on to the 1 goal lead, the opposition which hasn't created anything worthwhile then creates 2 very good goal scoring chances. Some positives - Jack looked very bright (showed what Ramsey should be doing in the middle of the park). Another injury to our wide players (2nd game that the sub has been subbed).
I don't think we could have expected a scintillating performance and we should just be thankful that we got the three points. Arseblog makes a good point today about not listening to commentary. At the game yesterday it was embarrassing to hear some of our 'fans' getting on Santos' back. You have to think some of that is because of what these pundits and commentators come out with. I don't think Santos is as bad as people make out and wasn't that bad yesterday. Yesterday was only his 3rd start of the season and we know it takes time to get up to speed. I mean how different is his game from any other Brazilian wing-back, e.g. Dani Alves of Barcelona?
Individually Santos did some good things yesterday and individually he's a good player but it's all about positional play and understanding in the team. Little Dutch made a great observation about Santos and Podolski's parthership in his Arseblog column earlier in the week. They looked as if they'd improved working together a little yesterday.
I'm not sure the goal was offside - need to look at the position of their right back.
It's not only about Santos - the whole team (including Wenger, Bould and Vermaelen) can see that he gets in defensive trouble at times but there is no plan to counter this. And a special mention to Arshavin and Sagna - they found an Arsenal man with their 1st cross. Otherwise, we are almost useless on corners and crosses.
I'm not sure that our corner conversion is very different from most others. It's pretty hit and miss for most teams really. I think we've thrown in far more crosses in the last couple of seasons than we had previously and I'm not a great fan of that really. It's just a long ball tactic from a wide area. Great if you have someone precise enough to pick out a man accurately - like a Beckham I suppose but again for most it's a bit hit and miss. Doesn't really seem to be the game we were used to seeing. Worth noting though that Arshavin's cross leading to the goal came off a QPR defender first so I guess you have to speculate sometimes.
I am not too sure about the goal being offside, having viewed the replay; of course,the Refs only get one chance to make a decision and they can't make one unless absolutely sure. The ball looked like it last came off a QPR defender (Bosingwa, i think) before it reached Arteta in an offside position, for the header that came off the crossbar; he wasn't offside when he slammed a shot in for the goal. you cannot be given offside if the ball was given to you by the opponent which can be deduced to be the case here. I hardly saw any protests by the QPR players at the time, which is usually the first sign of a problem. I know the Ref may not have known this at the time, but this is the way I saw it, even if the Ref may have had other reasons for allowing the goal.
As for Santos, he is no different from any other Arsenal full back in that he needs the support of his team mates when he is out of position, which is where Podolski comes in. If we are to be fair, he hardly got support from Poldi against Schalke (and the right side is their strongest side), causing Santos to appear swamped. He was much more better yesterday and was getting the timing of his tackles right, much better than in midweek. The game needed calm heads and it was refreshing to have Arshavin to call on, when the inconsistent Gervinho came off injured. He had a more assured play and was always looking to make a difference, which he eventually, did. I didn't think he would fit right back in with the way Jenks has been playing, but Bacary's quality has shown through in that game. Happy to have you back, young man!
Arshavin's cross for the goal came off Giroud, so it was accurate. It's not so much about corner or cross-goal conversion rate, it's about hitting an Arsenal player, and so at least giving ourselves a chance. Love to see stats on that (not sure if someone has that). Seems to me that it's more miss than hit for Arsenal compared to other teams. It provides a good change, a different plan, and with Giroud, Vermaelen and Per in the side, they should at least meet the corners.
I think Arshavin's cross took a deflection off the full back. It still may have found its way to Giroud but I reckon as many goals are created from deflected crosses as accurate ones (not sure if there're any stats on that either). It's a bit more of a percentage football tactic really but it always helps if you have an unusually accurate player.
amazing performance, the sheer volume of chances created and the slick passing especially late in the game the team made it look like they were playing against 10 men.. I don't think you'll have any problems getting top4 now.... awesome goal too, well done lads.
We were under confident as always. When will we learn that you can only pass a team to defeat of you have the balls. My opinion is to play your best team every game. Walcott and ( I can hear the moans ) ashavin are our best wingers. ***** defending in a 4-3-3 - wingers take the full backs easy as.... Why over complicate things. We have 60% possesion every game why do we need to protect full backs? It's maths. If our full backs aren't good enough to deals with their wingers we need to change our full backs. And "their" means any team we play not just an over paidbag of crap from west London
Walcott wasn't fit enough to start was he?

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