Arsène Wenger has praised his side’s focus and determination as the race for a top-four place reaches its climax.
The Gunners have embarked on a superb eight-match unbeaten run to propel themselves into fourth spot in the Premier League with two games remaining.
Arsenal have only conceded four goals in that time, and after Saturday’s 1-0 win at QPR Wenger hailed his team’s mental fortitude in tense situations.
“We did the job, with a great level of focus,” he told Arsenal Player. “I thought it would be a very difficult game because the QPR team has quality players and played with fear [previously] but today they could play free of the chest and show pride and they did that.
“For me it was a very difficult game, I was a bit nervous beforehand. We lacked a few quality passes in the final third but had a high level of determination and concentration. We missed some passes because of the quality of the pitch and because QPR are a good team.
“We showed good concentration and in some situations where the ball was in the box, we didn't make a mistake that could have been costly. We didn’t [concede] a penalty and were calm. We have improved a lot defensively.
“We dealt well with what QPR offered us because it was a straight game, a long-ball game with Zamora, who is always up for it against us, and Remy. But the two centre backs did very well.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 6 May 2013