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Wenger accuses Arsenal of a lack of commitment after they slump to QPR defeat

The Gunners manager refused to blame a difficult pitch for their defeat at Loftus Road and admitted responsibility lay with his team's mistakes and the Hoops' superior endeavour

By Wayne Veysey at Loftus Road

Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were out-battled by QPR and they deserved to lose 2-1 to the relegation strugglers.

Wenger pulled no punches after watching his team fail to extend a seven-match winning run and pull away from Tottenham and Chelsea.

"Something was missing today," said the Arsenal manager in his post-match press conference. "In the Premier League if you miss something on the commitment front you are beaten. That was the result of the situation today.

"We can only congratulate QPR for their attitude and be unhappy with our own performance. It was very frustrating because they left us the ball and waited for our mistakes. Our performance was not good enough to win this type of game. What we produced was not good enough. In the duels they (QPR) had a little bit of extra special commitment."

Asked to pinpoint a specific reason for Arsenal’s lacklustre display, Wenger replied: "I don’t know. It is difficult to single out one reason. The players prepared properly. We missed something today and you can see that.

"We didn’t create enough chances. It is very difficult like that. We lost a game when our keeper had nothing to do, it is not the first time this year.

"We played against a team who fight for survival. The pitch was bad but that doesn't explain our poor performance. The performance of QPR explains our poor performance.

"Their individuals took advantage of us in specific positions defensively. We made defensive mistakes today. Overall we can congratulate QPR on their performance."

Wenger wants the manner of defeat to be a wake-up call for his team, who are still in third, three points ahead of Tottenham who play Swansea on Sunday. "It is a good shock today to come back to what made our strength recently."

Wenger was in little mood to discuss Arsenal’s tactics, including his decision to play Aaron Ramsey on the left flank. The Welshman was anonymous before being withdrawn with 22 minutes left.

"It is not unusual," said the Frenchman. "He played there because I decided he should play there."