QPR 1 - 2 Arsenal
Following a comfortable win over Everton at home, The Gunners travelled to Loftus Road to square up to relegation battlers, Queens Park Rangers.
The first half contained little to write home about.
Gabriel was replaced early on by Koscielny after suffering an injury, which was rather typical.
Ozil and Cazorla were pushing Arsenal forward very well throughout the game, but chances were few and far between.
“Giroud was quickest to react, smacking it over the line with a sliding shot.”
The second half started sluggishly too.
QPR were well organised and Arsenal were still struggling to make chances. But the deadlock was finally broken in the sixty-fourth minute.
Gibbs’ shot was blocked at close range, and Giroud was quickest to react, smacking it over the line with a sliding shot.
“Poor defending from Gibbs and Koscielny allowed Austin to launch a shot into the top corner. The game was now very nervy.”
Sanchez then added to the score sheet by shimmying insie the box and squeezing a shot in at the front post.
Unfortunately though, some poor defending from Gibbs and Koscielny allowed Austin to launch a shot into the top corner. The game was now very nervy.
Thankfully, nervy was all it was. Arsenal managed to hold on to all three points, securing their third-place spot for another week.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Made some good saves, could do nothing for the goal.
Got forward well and was involved in Giroud’s opener. Defended well except for Austin’s goal. Backed off at the wrong moment to allow the shot.
Injured very early on.
Probably one of his best games in a few months. No problems.
Hector got forward brilliantly all game, linked with the midfield well, and defended okay too. His runs on and off the ball were excellent.
Kept things steady in the middle, battled hard, despite his face mask.
Ozil: [8.5/10] - MOTM
Classy all game. Turned out of trouble, used trickery to find space, and had a good shot pushed onto the post by Green. He had a hand in almost every attack.
Santi had some quiet patches but he was always good on the ball. Had a few shots on goal.
Another poor performance if I’m totally honest. He missed a few chances, including a one-on-one, but still managed a brilliant goal later on in the game.
Worked hard, made good passes, and hassled QPR’s midfield. The Czech is in good form.
Worked well with the midfield, and was the first man to react when the ball was loose in front of goal to grab the opener.
Looked fit and lively, made a few good passes.
QPR set up well. They defended well, despite Ozil, Cazorla and Rosicky ramping up the pressure a number of times.
Giroud poached a goal, and Sanchez mustered one up from nothing. But the big worry was the poor defending from Gibbs and Koscielny to allow Austin to score.
That kind of defending won’t go unpunished at Manchester United this coming Monday.