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Wenger: Gunners have 'hit the wall'

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger felt his players "hit the wall" in their back-to-back defeats over the past week but has challenged them to produce a response against struggling QPR this afternoon.

The Gunners had impressed before the international break, but slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Norwich last Saturday which left them 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea before putting on another lacklustre display against Schalke to lose top spot in Champions League Group B.

But the Arsenal manager believes the players can quickly change the mood with a return to winning ways.

"At West Ham, we looked outstanding going forwards, dynamic and then suddenly had two flat performances. It is difficult to explain," said Wenger.

"We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm.

"But we have to just focus again on the quality of our game, the way we want to play, and not concede too much against who we play. With the quality (we have), the results will come back."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hopeful of overcoming the hip injury he suffered at Norwich, but Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Theo Walcott (chest) remain out.