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Szczesny pleased with Arsenal defence

6 May 2013 13:25

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes the whole defence should take credit for their performance in the 1-0 win at QPR.

The Poland international produced a fine save from Loic Remy's curling strike to deny the Premier League's bottom side a point, but he believes a team effort was the key to a crucial victory.

He told the club's official website: "I don't think it's all about the save - it's about the team performance. We kept another clean sheet. We've not been conceding a lot of goals recently so that's very important.

"I think in the last 15 minutes when they put the pressure on we handled it quite well. We didn't have a lot of height in our defence today so set pieces were a big test and we handled it brilliantly.

"I think we should focus on how we defend as a team. It's not just the two centre backs and the goalkeeper who makes saves, it's the whole team and the way we defend."

Arsenal now sit two points clear of London rivals Tottenham in the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot, and Szczesny feels it is results, not performances, that are important at this stage of the season.

"I'd settle for another two 1-0s for the rest of the season and a place in the top three. Hopefully we can keep it going. Even if a game like this is boring at times, we couldn't care less at this time. We just want to get the three points and go back home."

Szczesny did not miss an opportunity to stick the boot into Tottenham, claiming Arsenal's north London rivals do not have the quality to finish ahead of them in the table.

"If we win our next two games it will be enough because either Chelsea or Spurs will drop points because they play each other," he said.

"If you look at Chelsea's fixtures, they have Tottenham and Everton left and they won't be easy games. And Tottenham do not have enough quality, so there you go."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
4 May 2013
Game week
36
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Loftus Road Stadium (London)
Attendance
18178

Goals

0 - 1
1' T. Walcott
 (assist by Arteta)

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
4 64'
10
20
12
14
26
37

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