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Mertesacker hopes Gunners can stop the rot

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 4:15am

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is hoping for a happy ending to a troublesome week when QPR visit the Emirates Stadium today.

After defeats by Norwich and Schalke, manager Arsene Wenger took the stage at the club's annual meeting and was criticised by fans from supporters who are upset that a club that sold star forward Robin van Persie in pre-season and haven't won a trophy since 2005 nevertheless charge the highest ticket prices in England and refuse to spend big transfer fees on star signings.

QPR would appear to be the ideal opponents for a quick change of fortunes as they are currently rock bottom of the table and have yet to record a league victory this season.

"We have great players with great potential but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad," Mertesacker said. "We have to learn quickly from what happened in the last two matches.

"If we do not find these solutions, it is going to be difficult both in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well.

"The international break was a bit of a killer for us and we have to find our strength again quickly.

The tall defender said Arsenal would have "to fight" to secure a win against QPR today.

"We've had a difficult week and our results were kind of an accident, so now we have to find our game again.

"We have to be positive ahead of the QPR match. Sometimes you need one game to find your qualities again, so let's make sure it's [today]."

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