By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger admits his side were given a “reality check” with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at QPR.

The result ended Arsenal’s seven-match winning streak in the Premier League but keeps them in third place on goal difference after Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday.

Wenger believes his players had enough of the ball to win the game but ultimately flattered to deceive against Mark Hughes’ resilient side.

“It is difficult to explain because we prepared as usual,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Maybe we sensed it would be easier than usual and once you have that in your heads it is difficult to come back to reality.

“We got a reality check. I just believe that our performance was not at the level we have recently produced.

“I feel we did not create enough with the time we had on the ball. It was all visual but not really efficient. It is disappointing to lose a game like this.

“If you do not win you at least want to make a draw, you do not make the mistakes we made. We have some time to recover now and produce a decent performance [against Manchester City] on Sunday.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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