Report: Arsenal 1-0 QPR

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Arsenal did just enough to get back to winning ways as a scrappy but precious goal from Mikel Arteta secured a difficult victory in the nick of time on Saturday.

Prior to that late goal, it had been a deja vu of the Schalke affair on Wednesday. Wenger’s men were once again uninspired in attack and their opponents’ ability to counter attack meant the two teams had canceled each other out up until the last ten minutes when QPR were reduced to ten men after a silly Mbia offense on Vermaelen.

The onus was now on Arsenal who had forced desperate saves from Julio Cesar while Cazorla had squandered a chance from no man’s land. But substitute Gervinho was withdrawn on the stretcher through injury and his replacement Andrey Arshavin had a vital contribution.

The Russian found Giroud with a cross and despite Cesar’s save from the Frenchman’s powerful header, QPR failed to clear their lines and so Arteta battled his way to place the ball home.

As the clock ticked in the late stages, the hosts looked to add some comfort to their lead as substitute Theo Walcott helped the chase for a second goal. A curling Cazorla effort was denied but Mark Hughes’ men also had a rattling fightback in them. Indeed, the Gunners had their backs against the wall as QPR’S ten men staged a tense finale, finding two unsuccessful one-on-one chances with Mannone.

Arsenal did hold their nerves for the final whistle and even though the performance was indifferent, there was a big difference in the numbers as Wenger’s men climbed all the way from 9th to 4th on the table. Also, with today’s clean-sheet, the Gunners boast the Premier League’s best defense in terms of goals conceded.

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10 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 1-0 QPR

  1. Absoloute blessing was Gervinho getting injured, and Arshavin comin on. Arsh is a much better player and he set up the eventual goal. Wilshere had a good game and Arteta’s goal was vital. Shocking performance overall, and there was no danger we were winning it if QPR didn’t go down to 10men. The way we defended after going a goal up, was completely unaccepable. Arsenal are playing with a lack of tempo and focal point in attack right now. Podolski is wasted on the left. Concerning, but we’ll gladly take the 3points.

  2. Arshavin might be lazier than Gervinho but he’s got more talent in just one toe than the Ivorian whom I wish a speedy recovery.

  3. ANY other team would be looking to replace the Manager.The team are tactically predictable and in desperate need of new ideas.But his previous achievements make him untouchable as far as the Board and most supporters are concened.This team won’t win anything even the so-called “Champions League Qualification Cup” this year!The sad thing is-there are some very good players in the squad although there are also some very mediocre ones there too!

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