It’s another blank mid-week as far as Arsenal are concerned, our next fixture being the clash with Manchester City which kicks off at 4pm on Sunday at The Emirates.
The dust has just about settled after QPR ended our eight match un-beaten run and plenty has been said about that disappointment. From watching the extended highlights on Sky and reading Wenger’s comments it seems that some of the players were not sufficiently “up for it”, maybe just a bit of complacency had been allowed to creep in to the collective mindset.
I had thought that the present squad had got over the tendency to under-rate the “lesser” teams but maybe I was wrong to do so. In the event our performance was a bit lack-lustre and two errors by the normally reliable Vermaelen led to QPR’s two fine goals. Sadly Theo Walcott’s poachers strike was not enough.
I’m reasonably sure that the game has been dissected by the coaches and discussed at length with the players and there can be no fear of under-estimating our next opponents or the importance of the three points on offer should we beat them.
After Sunday’s game we have only one more midweek match, against Wolves on Wednesday, the rest of the games being played on Saturdays, Sundays or Monday, so there shouldn’t really be any tiredness issues.
Total concentration and total commitment for the remaining seven matches is vital to ensure a third place finish and automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.