Wenger: Arsenal will fight like mad to beat QPR
Published 15:51 30/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Arsene Wenger warned Arsenal must concentrate on delivering another performance at QPR tomorrow rather than harbour hopes of overhauling Manchester City to claim second place.
The Gunners have recorded seven straight wins in the Barclays Premier League to climb up into third place above Tottenham.
City head to Emirates Stadium on Easter Sunday, and then host current leaders Manchester United on April 30.
Mathematically, if Arsenal were to win all their remaining eight games and City buckle under the pressure, the current 12-point gap could soon be eaten up.
Wenger, though, wants his rejuvenated squad to just concentrate fully on the job in hand at Loftus Road.
"I see us fighting tomorrow like mad to win the game. That is all I see, I don't see further," the Arsenal boss said.
"We are focused on QPR, believe me.
"We know that is always a tricky game for everybody and that is what is important to us.
"After that we focus on the next one and our capability to finish the season in a strong way depends on just how much we focus on every game."
Given the way Spurs saw their own advantage over the Gunners crumble, Wenger accepts things can change "very quickly" in a short space of time.
The Arsenal manager continued: "Our sport is fragile and we have learned something this season from a very difficult period. Urgency and focus are vital to keep your level up.
"What we can hope for is to be third. We can be fourth, we can be fifth, we can be sixth, we want to be as high as possible and that depends on our consistency now.
"We are in a position that nobody expected us to be in and we want to strengthen that position from now on. That depends on our performances."
Wenger added: "We have confidence, because we have our players back and because we are playing the football we want to play. Those are basically the ingredients you want.
"We won a few games in the last minute, the little things that sometimes in the season go against you went for us, but overall we had always a strong attitude.
"If you look at our results since October, we have consistency - apart from in January when we lost three games. That was a bad period, but apart from that the attitude and the consistency has been quite good."
Wenger is expecting a stern test tomorrow from a battling QPR side, who recovered from 2-0 down with 15 minutes left to beat Liverpool in their last home game.
He said: "QPR is a side which has quality players and is in a difficult situation.
"Certainly you expect them to fight not to go down, but I believe the key will be on our side - no matter what QPR's quality or problem is, it will be important for us to go out and show how much we want another win."
Wenger is determined not to get involved in any mind games, with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson warning City's football development executive Patrick Vieira playing the best football does not necessarily translate into trophies.
Former Arsenal captain Vieira spoke about United's perceived preferential treatment with key decisions at home, comments which were made in a longer interview with the BBC the Frenchman later claimed had been misrepresented.
Wenger felt his long-time midfield enforcer "spoke with his heart", but believes the furore over the failure to award Fulham a late penalty which could have earned them a draw at Old Trafford on Monday night again raises the case for video technology.
"The referees need help, video assistance, and then they will gain credibility and there will be no suspicion," said the Arsenal boss.
"If the referee has a difficult decision to make, if he has any assistance from video he would have given a penalty or not a penalty, but it would have been a decision that would have had no suspicion."