Wenger believes Arsenal has a “good chance” of Champions League qualification
Arsenal managed to keep a clean-sheet after Theo Walcott’s first-minute goal against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Park on Saturday. Arsene Wenger praised Gunners for finding back their form following last weekend’s goalless draw against the newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United.
Arsenal dominated the game with the lion’s share of the ball possession and most of shots on target. Queens Park Rangers, who are destined for relegation, were unable to threaten Arsenal’s defense till the dying moments of the game, but Gunners’ goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came up with a brilliant save to deny the Hoops a chance to salvage a point.
Wojciech Szczesny, who was under scrutiny for his form in the previous games, recorded a brilliant performance against Queens Park Rangers. The Polish shot-stopper’s save allowed Arsenal to remain fourth on the Premier League table. Meanwhile, archrivals Tottenham Hotspur breathe down their necks only two points away from stealing their spot.
“It was a very great save, yes,” admitted Arsene Wenger whilst commenting on Loic Remy’s strike. “When I saw him dive I thought he would not get there, but he extended his final resource very well and he got there.
“It shows the importance of a goalkeeper. We needed him once really and he got there. Remy took the shot very well and very early and you needed a special save.
“He has responded very well. When he came back he was sharper than when I left him out. Our job is to be competitive and he did very well.”
Tottenham Hotspur have a game in hand, which means they could surpass Arsenal anyway. However, for that to happen Tottenham Hotspur will have to best Chelsea, who just recently defeated newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger believes his side is mature enough to survive the pressure from Tottenham Hotspur.
“I expected them to win,” Arsene Wenger said. “We have to go to the end and win our games. We can get 73 points. We have a good chance [of Champions League qualification] if we get 73 points to be there.”