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Barclays Premier League

Friday, 26 December 2014,

Arsenal
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QPR
Kickoff: 18:30 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 59,947
  • 37' Alexis Sánchez
  • 53' Olivier Giroud
  • 65' Tomas Rosicky
  • 79' Charlie Austin - pen

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Wenger has Christmas wish

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal team to use their Christmas fixtures to prove they are in a false position in the Barclays Premier League.

The sixth-placed Gunners face QPR on Boxing Day and then travel to West Ham and Southampton, clubs who sit directly above them in the table and rivals for Champions League qualification.

"We have to make sure that over Christmas we take advantage of the schedule we have and put the performances in," Wenger said.

"We have a good opportunity over Christmas to show that we are much better than people think we are.

"Every team has difficult games, so it is the consistency in that period that will matter."

QPR have yet to register an away point this season, but Wenger refuses to take victory at the Emirates Stadium on Friday for granted.

"We expect a QPR with nothing to lose. They will come and have a go at us," Wenger said.

"You focus on your own performance and don't expect any weakness from your opponent. In the Premier League every game is difficult and you just want to turn up.

"We played QPR two years ago and they were very difficult games. West Ham at the moment are in very good shape.

"We go away to Southampton, which is a very difficult as well. Again, it's down to our performances."

Arsenal will welcome back playmaker Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper David Ospina after they recovered from thigh problems.

Laurent Koscielny (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will miss out against Harry Redknapp's side, but could return against the Hammers.

Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are sidelined.

QPR's main threat will be supplied by Charlie Austin, who fired a hat-trick against West Brom last weekend to increase his goalscoring record for the season to 11 in 15 Premier League appearances.

Redknapp insists the 25-year-old, who was signed from Burnley for B£4million in August last year, will definitely complete the season at Loftus Road and will hopefully stay beyond that.

"Charlie has got 18 months left on his contract so he is going nowhere in January," Redknapp said.

"Once he gets into the last year of his contract it is a different proposition. We will have to wait and see what happens then.

"We want to keep him here long term but we have to stay in the division this year, which I am confident we will do.

"If we do that I am sure that we can tie him down longer and secure his future at QPR.

"Charlie has proved he's a Premier League player and he wants to play in this division, but he has to keep scoring goals. He will keep his feet on ground as he's a very level-headed lad."

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Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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Francis Coquelin

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Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 94'

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Niko Kranjcar

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Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

90'

Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 90'

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Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 90'

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 90'

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Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar with a cross.

90'

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 90'

89'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 89'

89'

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88'

Substitution, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin replaces Danny Welbeck.

88'

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

88'

David Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 88'

85'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Throw In at 85'

83'

Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Tomas Rosicky.

83'

Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 83'

82'

Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 82'

79'

2 - 1

Goal! Arsenal 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

78'

Penalty conceded by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) after a foul in the penalty area.

77'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

76'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 76'

76'

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 76'

74'

Attempt blocked. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

74'

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 74'

74'

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

74'

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 74'

72'

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.

72'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 72'

71'

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Jordon Mutch.

71'

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

70'

David Hoilett

70'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69'

Attempt saved. Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

69'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 69'

68'

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 68'

67'

Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 67'

67'

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

66'

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Caulker.

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 66'

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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 66'

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2 - 0

Goal! Arsenal 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez following a fast break.

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 65'

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Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

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Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 63'

62'

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Leroy Fer replaces Karl Henry.

62'

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Armand Traore.

62'

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 62'

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Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 58'

56'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 56'

56'

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55'

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside.

55'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Jordon Mutch

54'

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers).

53'

Olivier Giroud

53'

Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 53'

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Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Throw In at 51'

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Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

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Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 49'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 48'

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Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 46'

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Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Start 2nd Half

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First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 47'

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 46'

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 45'

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Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Free Kick at 45'

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Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 44'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 44'

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Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 43'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 43'

42'

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Corner Kick at 42'

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Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

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Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas.

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Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 42'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 42'

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Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 41'

41'

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

41'

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 41'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 40'

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Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mauricio Isla following a set piece situation.

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Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 39'

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Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 39'

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Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

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1 - 0

Goal! Arsenal 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 37'

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 36'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 34'

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Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Armand Traore.

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 34'

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Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 33'

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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 32'

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Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

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Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 32'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 32'

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Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 31'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 30'

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Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 29'

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Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 29'

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Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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Rio Ferdinand

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Foul by Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers).

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 27'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 27'

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Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 27'

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Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

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Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 26'

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Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

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Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 25'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Free Kick at 24'

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Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 24'

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 24'

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Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

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Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 23'

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Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 23'

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Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 21'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 21'

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Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 20'

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Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 19'

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Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 19'

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 19'

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Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 18'

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 18'

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Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 17'

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Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 17'

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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 16'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 16'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Free Kick at 15'

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Foul by Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers).

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Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 14'

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Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 14'

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 13'

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Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Throw In at 12'

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 11'

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Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 11'

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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 11'

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Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 10'

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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 10'

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 9'

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Penalty saved! Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

8'

Penalty conceded by Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

8'

Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 8'

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Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

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Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 7'

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Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 5'

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Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 4'

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Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

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Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 2'

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Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 2'

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Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 1'

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Kickoff

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Possession

56%
44%
  • Arsenal
  • Queens Park Rangers

Shots

15
16

Shots on target

5
2

Fouls

6
15

Corners

6
2

Yellow Cards

1
4

Red Cards

1
0

Head to Head

Arsenal2 - 1QPR
QPR0 - 1Arsenal
Arsenal1 - 0QPR
QPR2 - 1Arsenal
Arsenal1 - 0QPR
QPR1 - 1Arsenal

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 2Mathieu Debuchy
  • 18Nacho Monreal
  • 3Kieran Gibbs
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 19Santi Cazorla
  • 7Tomas Rosicky
  • -> Calum Chambers
  • 12Olivier Giroud
  • 20Mathieu Flamini
  • 17Alexis Sánchez
  • 23Danny Welbeck
  • -> Francis Coquelin
  • Subs
  • 28Joel Campbell
  • 9Lukas Podolski
  • 13David Ospina
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • 14Theo Walcott

QPR

  • 1Robert Green
  • 4Steven Caulker
  • 15Nedum Onuoha
  • 3Armand Traore
  • -> David Hoilett
  • 20Karl Henry
  • -> Leroy Fer
  • 14Mauricio Isla
  • 9Charlie Austin
  • 5Rio Ferdinand
  • 19Niko Kranjcar
  • 17Jordon Mutch
  • -> Bobby Zamora
  • 24Eduardo Vargas
  • Subs
  • 12Alex McCarthy
  • 7Matthew Phillips
  • 6Clint Hill
  • 11Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Arsenal win despite Giroud red card

Arsenal survived the sending-off of striker Olivier Giroud for a reckless headbutt to beat QPR 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium and close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners were in cruise control following Alexis Sanchez's 10th league goal on 37 minutes, the Chilean having seen a tame early penalty saved.

However, a rush of blood from France striker Giroud at the start of the second half reduced Arsenal to 10 men. The Frenchman charged into Nedum Onuoha, the defender hitting the ground in front of the referee.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, making a first start of the season, swept in a second on the break before Charlie Austin set up a tense finale when he converted a penalty with 11 minutes left.

Unlike at Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal held on under late pressure to move within two points of Southampton and one behind fifth-placed West Ham, whom they play on Sunday.

Arsenal, who had lost only one of their 17 previous Boxing Day Premier League matches, made an electric start and were awarded an early penalty when former Gunners defender Armand Traore tripped Sanchez.

The Chilean held onto the ball, and Santi Cazorla, who scored from the spot here against Newcastle, gave way.

However, Sanchez's effort lacked any real pace towards the bottom right corner, and Robert Green got down to make the save.

Arsenal's tempo dropped after the penalty miss, but the home side remained dominant in possession nevertheless as the conditions worsened.

Onuoha looked to have wrestled Danny Welbeck to the ground just inside the QPR penalty area, but this time referee Martin Atkinson was not interested.

Rio Ferdinand, making his first start since October, pulled back former United team-mate Welbeck to concede a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position and was cautioned.

Giroud whipped the ball over the wall, but Green made a smart diving save.

QPR, who had lost all eight of their Premier League away matches so far, continued to defend deep, with six men sitting around the edge of the 18-yard box.

The visitors' rearguard was, though, breached on 37 minutes.

Cazorla pushed the ball out to Kieran Gibbs on the overlap down the left.

The defender looked up before chipping a cross back through the six-yard box, where no-one had picked up the run of Sanchez as the diminutive Chilean guided a cushioned header into the far corner.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes following a moment of red mist by Giroud.

The France striker was bundled over by Onuoha on the edge of the area as they chased a long ball forwards.

Giroud, incandescent with rage, scrambled to his feet to confront the defender, pushing his forehead into the defender's face. Onuoha went to ground and the referee, who was right on the spot, reached for his back pocket to brandish a red card.

The Arsenal striker, who will now serve a three-match suspension, knew what was coming and headed straight down the tunnel as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger glared on.

Arsenal looked to respond by continuing their pressure, but QPR had been handed a lifeline and manager Harrry Redknapp made a change on 62 minutes as Karl Henry was replaced by Leroy Fer and Traore by Junior Hoilett.

The Gunners, though, soon doubled their lead.

Sanchez made another penetrating run to the edge of the QPR penalty area, where he played in Rosicky on the overlap and the Czech midfielder dispatched a low, first-time shot past Green.

QPR then grabbed a lifeline with 11 minutes left after Mathieu Debuchy tripped Hoilett just inside the penalty area, with the referee again expertly placed although replays suggested the defender did get a touch on the ball.

Austin made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball down the centre for his 12th goal of an impressive season.

Wenger sent on defender Calum Chambers for the closing stages, replacing Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini bundled a goal-bound effort off the line as the Gunners battled to victory.




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