By Nick Ames
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has stressed that two bad results do not make a poor team - and is confident that the character of Arsenal’s squad will see them recapture their best form.
The Belgian centre back was as frustrated as anyone by the defeats to Norwich and Schalke, but believes that his team-mates have the ability to return to winning ways against QPR.
“I should stress that the last two results have not been about our mentality,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.
“Everyone here works hard, and I can honestly say that the attitude in this group is fantastic. A few weeks ago we played a good game at West Ham and won 3-1, and you don’t lose that in the space of seven days.
“Two negative results can put you down very quickly in football, but a couple of good games will do exactly the opposite. Of course it’s been a disappointing and frustrating week, but we know we have the quality to get back on track.”
QPR boast a squad packed with familiar names, but Vermaelen is relishing the chance to face them in front of another full house at Emirates Stadium.
“If you look at their squad there are a lot of big, experienced players,” he said.
“Julio Cesar and Esteban Granero were good signings, as well as Ji-Sung Park. Their league position isn’t great, but with players of that quality you can see them climbing the table.
“We’ll go into the game with maximum focus, because the Norwich match showed that we can’t afford to do anything but. I’m glad we have another home game and that there’s no time to dwell on the last two results.”
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