Manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced attack will prove the best form of defence as Arsenal look to stay in the top four of the Premier League.
The Gunners recorded a seventh win in the last eight league matches when beating relegation-battlers QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal sit a point ahead of Manchester United, their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, and four behind second-place Manchester City.
Giroud's second-half opener came following a swift counter-attack after Arsenal had soaked up plenty of pressure.
Wenger, though, expects to see his team always stay on the front foot.
"I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
QPR 1 Arsenal 2 player ratings
QPR 1 Arsenal 2 player ratings
1/22 Rob Green 6
Put under pressure much more in the second half. Difficult to criticise him for the two Arsenal. If it wasn’t for him the difference between the sides would have been greater. A strong save to deny Ozil late on.
2/22 Suk-Young Yun 5
A danger for Bellerin in the early stages of the game but the Arsenal right back soon worked out what he was trying to do - take advantage of the overlap. Aimless balls forward meant the opposition were able to regroup quickly.
3/22 Nedum Onuoha 5
Clashed heads with Caulker towards the end of the first half. He was replaced by Clint Hill minutes before half-time due to injury.
4/22 Steven Caulker 5
Effective at defending Arsenal corners. Though he was sloppy when put under pressure by Sanchez and Giroud.
5/22 Darnell Furlong 5
Similar to Yun, he chose to push forward and attack the right flank. Very good range of passing too. Defensively, though, he was poor. That was proven when Sanchez easily skipped past him before scoring Arsenal’s second.
6/22 Matt Phillips 7
A constant threat on the right side of the QPR midfield. His powerful volley from 25 yards on the hour would have been a contender for goal of the season had it crashed into Ospina’s net. Provided the assist for Austin’s goal.
7/22 Karl Henry 4
Often went missing in midfield. Too many misplaced passes from him meant QPR’s attack broke down quickly.
8/22 Sandro 6
Did well on his return back from a knee injury. Looked to progress play where possible and fed Austin particularly well. Tired in the second half and was replaced by Niko Kranjcar on 56 minutes.
9/22 Junior Hoilett 7
Did well to track back and defend. Stayed close to Rosicky. Always a threat when he got near the Gunners’ penalty area. He was replaced by Mauricio Isla on 73 minutes.
10/22 Charlie Austin 7
Threatened the Arsenal defence early on. He wasn’t afraid to shoot either. His goal late on that gave QPR brief hope of getting a point was brilliant.
11/22 Bobby Zamora 6
Demonstrated why he can still make an impact in the Premier League even if he did start to tire shortly after half-time.
12/22 David Ospina 6
Relatively comfortable evening. Austin’s shots on target were in the centre of his goal and didn’t trouble the goalkeeper. Beaten by a beautiful effort by the striker - may have done a little better.
13/22 Hector Bellerin 6
Got the better of Yun on the left side of the QPR defence numerous times. He was allowed plenty of space on the overlap but his final ball was often poor.
14/22 Per Mertesacker 6
Back in central defence after he was on the substitutes’ bench against Everton. He did well against the physical Zamora.
15/22 Gabriel Paulista 5
Struggled with the presence of Zamora. He was replaced on 36 minutes by Laurent Koscielny due to injury.
16/22 Kieran Gibbs 7
Linked up very well with Sanchez in the second half. His penetrating runs down the left made it difficult for Furlong.
17/22 Tomas Rosicky 6
Misplaced pass. Marked well by Hoilett. His creativity was stifled in the first half but in the second he found a slightly better range of passing.
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18/22 Francis Coquelin 6
His first match since sustaining a broken nose in the home win against Everton. The game seemed to bypass him at times.
19/22 Santi Cazorla 7
His usual skillful self. He started alongside Coquelin in the deep-lying playmaker position but it was only when he drove forward that he was effective.
20/22 Mesut Ozil 7
Started the attack that led to Arsenal’s opening goal. Positioned behind Giroud, the German became more important as the game wore on.
21/22 Olivier Giroud 7
Not particularly convincing in the first half. He chose more often than not to fire aimlessly from outside the area. That changed in the second half. His goal set Arsenal on their way.
22/22 Alexis Sanchez 8
More of a threat in the second half as he started to cut in from the left. Roamed all over Arsenal’s attack. He should have scored when he was one-on-one with Green. Redeemed himself when he doubled his side’s lead on 70 minutes after skillful play.
Giroud has rediscovered his scoring touch in the last two matches following a series of misses in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco.
Wenger hailed the mental strength of the France forward, who now has 10 Premier League goals from a campaign which was hampered by four months sidelined with a broken leg.
Full-back Kieran Gibbs believes Giroud does not get the credit his work-rate for the team deserves.
"Olivier has certainly responded in the way we wanted. He is that kind of character who always wants to bounce back and do well for the team. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. Credit to him, because he is having a fantastic season," Gibbs said, quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Sanchez remains Arsenal's most potent attacking threat, taking his tally to 19 following a seven-match barren spell.
"Every player goes through a difficult patch but he is not the type to let it get to him. He has shown great determination in every game," said Gibbs.
"We need that from him and that is why he is world class."
Gibbs believes Arsenal have overcome the setback of their defeat by Monaco, which leaves hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League all but over ahead of the second leg in Monte Carlo later this month.
He said: "We wanted to respond for the fans and the people at the club. We know we are a good team and we want to show that."
Arsenal defender Gabriel suffered a hamstring injury at QPR and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been laid low by illness but may be in contention to return for the FA Cup holders at United on Monday March 9.
QPR, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone, now three points behind Aston Villa, who beat West Brom on Tuesday night.
Chris Ramsey's side host Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, then tackle Crystal Palace and Everton.
Striker Bobby Zamora believes if the work-rate continues, then positive results will follow.
"Performances have been good. We have been so close in so many games, but close is not enough really," he said.
"Unfortunately we are not getting the points we deserve.
"We could do with not playing well and getting three points."
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