Arsene Wenger accused his Arsenal players of a lack of commitment
Wenger’s side came into the game on the back of a run of seven successive Premier League victories and had a chance to consolidate their position in third place.
Instead, the loss meant they failed to extend their three-point lead over fourth-placed Tottenham, who have a game in hand against Swansea on Sunday, while Chelsea’s victory at Aston Villa reduced the gap between third and fifth spot to five points.
“Of course, it was a shock for us today and I felt sub-consciously something was missing,” Gunners boss Wenger said.
“And in the Premier League if you miss something on the commitment front then you are beaten and that was the result of the game.”
Third-bottom QPR remain locked in a relegation battle and Wenger admitted his side had been out-fought while also lacking the creativity to take advantage of their territorial dominance.
“It is very frustrating because they left us the ball and waited for our mistakes,” Wenger said. “And we took the ball, didn’t do a lot with it and made the mistakes. And at the end of the day that makes the result.