Here are some results to put the fear of God up you:
- Losing 2-3 at home to Blackburn Rovers.
- Losing 0-3 away at Newcastle.
- Losing 0-1 at Everton.
- Losing 0-1 at Sunderland.
- Losing 0-1 at Everton (again).
- Losing 1-2 at Stoke.
The good news is that none of them are Arsenal results.
The first two defeats belong to Manchester (Surrey) United; the second pair were secured by the Abu Dhabi Oilers and the final two results were achieved by the Neanderthals from N17.
My point being that, in the context of the above results (which are all from this season), a 1-2 defeat away at QPR does not look so bad. Every top club this season has had embarrassing defeats and there will surely be more before this season is done.
The EPL is a competitive league and – literally – anyone is capable of beating anyone on a given day.
Arsenal losing at QPR is now a fact and a statistic, but it does not need to be a milestone. Reading through the comments on AA and elsewhere I feel there has been too much criticism following Saturday’s defeat.
On the day, Rangers played to the best of their ability and we played to 75% of ours. Somewhere in that gap, QPR found the room to win the game and take all three points.
But if you need to know anything about the current Arsenal squad it is that it has repeatedly proved its ability to bounce back from disappointment to confound the critics.
I am delighted that we have the Oilers up next. If we had a park-the-bus team battling against relegation I would doubt our ability to break them down. But a title-challenging Manchester City is exactly what we need.
The Spuds, meanwhile, are away at a confident Sunderland. I fully expect us to win and the Rioters to lose, courtesy of a Nik Bendtner brace, putting us back to a three point lead over the enemy.
It was sh*t.
Now we move on.
We are The Arsenal…