FT: Arsenal 1 QPR 0

95
It looks too little, too late for the visitors as the elusive league win of 2012/13 will still elude them, although Wenger won't be complaining as his side will get back to winning ways.

94
The Gunners taking a page out of QPR's book as they look to hit their opposition on the counter, but Walcott's searching ball for Cazorla doesn't come together.

93
Could there be some late drama with the Hoops throwing caution to the wind and attacking the Gunners' goal with verve and determination.

92
Hardly called into action for most of the game, Mannone does extremely well to deny Mackie's close-range shot with his legs.

91
Arshavin's shot at the other end is wide to the left of the near post after good long ball upfield.

90
Lovely ball over the top by Taarabt into the path of Granero whose shot on goal drifts wide on goal.

89
Cazorla tries to coax the ball around Cesar from inside the box but the former Inter Milan gloveman is almost single-handedly keeping his side in the game with another good stop.

88
The Hoops now seem to not have the legs to hit-back on the counter as they did for much of the match.

87
Another fine save from Cesar, this time low to his right, to deny Ramsey from distance.

86
Walcott looks to play the ball in from the right, but the England forward's effort is blocked by a dogged QPR defence.

85
A weight off their shoulders, the Gunners seem more at ease on the ball but continue to push forward in search of the finishing goal.

84
Finally, Wenger's men get the breakthrough, Arteta heading the ball over the line after a goalmouth scramble that saw Giroud and Ramsey draw reflex saves from Cesar.

83
Hoops on the back foot and with ten men it will only get harder to keep the Gunners at bay.

82
Cesar with a brilliant reflex save at the near post after Giroud tries to bet the 'keeper from close-range.

81
Andrey Arshavin comes on for substitute Gervinho who has to be stretchered off the field following a tough tackle.

80
Gunners fail to capitalise on the free-kick out from the right.

79
Wright-Phillips comes off for Jamie Mackie, but the change is overshadowed by Stephane Mbia's dismissal for lashing out on Vermaelen.

78
The Gunners working the ball in and around the box, but they'll be ruing Cazorla's miss moments earlier.

77
Cazorla with the chance - and miss - of the day as he skies his shot way over the bar from close-range following a fine cross form the right by Walcott.

76
Gervinho with a dash down the left but Diakite cloes him down near the corner-post.

75
QPR are holding their own at the back as the Gunners probe for an opening.

74
The pace of play is still electric, although it may be down to the desperation of both sides eager to get more than just a point from this game.

73
Double-change by Hughes with Cisse and Nedum Onuoha coming on for Zamora and Traore.

72
Gervinho almost creates a goalscoring chance within seconds of coming on, but the defence is clears the danger.

71
Gervinho takes to the park in place of Podolski, Wenger obviously hoping the Ivorian will have more of an impact than the man he replaces.

70
Walcott breaks free going forward and has options left and right, but his pass to Giroud is cut off with the Frenchman making the run into the box.

69
QPR just about contain the latest foray from the Gunners on their penalty box but Wenger's men continue to press.

68
The home side come again and the Hoops have their hands full dealing with surge after surge of Gunners attackers.

67
Wilshere comes off to a rousing ovation wit hTheo Walcott taking to the field in his stead.

66
QPR keeping the play inside the Gunners half for the time being.

65
The Hoops now looking decent on attack with Hoillett trying to play the ball towards goal only for SAagna to close him down in time.

64
Wright-Phillips whips in the ball from the right that Thomas Vermaelen just manages to cut off with Zamora waiting to latch on.

63
The game is being played a decent pace with the hosts still looking the more eager to run at their opponents.

62
The Gunners once again on attack, Sagna playing to ball into the box for Ramsey to try and rise above the defence at the near post.

61
QPR make a weak effort from free-kick out on the left after Taarabt went down heavily in a challenge.

60
Hoops employing a patented swift counter down the left that is closed down by the cover defence just in time.

59
The referee pulls Granero aside for a chat after the Hoops man slides in recklessly on Arteta to give away another set-piece.

58
Podolski playing very deep as the German striker looks to play the ball in for Ramsey making a run in from the right.

57
After almost a minute's delay, Cazorla finally steps up to drill in the deadball but only under the wall's feet and out into touch.

56
This time Grenaro is carded for a late trip on Wilshere, who tried to worm his way through the Hoops defence.

55
Gunners take the ball upfield at pace and look dangerous once again.

54
Grenaro with a pop over the Gunners defence for Junior Hoillett inside the box, but the forward's flagged for offsides.

53
Mertesacker now doing his job at the back by denying Wright-Philipps access to Taarabt's ball forward.

52
Hoops try to catch the hosts on the counter, but the Gunners regroup quickly and set their lines at the back.

51
Lovely free-kick from Arteta that sees Per Mertesacker get a head to the ball that draws a low save from Cesar, who once again can't hold on to the ball.

50
Grenaro gets away without a booking for a late challenge on Santos that gifts the Gunners a decent free-kick.

49
Cazorla feeds Ramsey on the wraparound down the right but the latter's ball towards the penalty area is poor.

48
Worrying sign as Wilshere goes down and requires treatment to his left ankle, but he is soon up and walking about.

47
The Gunners looking the get forward early on with Sagna trying to play the ball in form the right for Arteta inside the area.

46
The second half is underway!

2-1 to the Superhoops today.Full team with no injury worries..watch us rise up that table. Nigel Francis

46
Wenger awaits his side on the sidelines who will feel a touch aggrieved with their efforts in the first stanza.

45
The Hoops are bustling for a late scoring chance but it's no-go for Hughes's men.

44
Cesar gets down low at the near post to save a shot from Santos from the right-corner of the box.

43
The hosts back in possession and it's the go-to men Cazorla and Wilshere trying to create an opening, but to no avail.

42
QPR with a bit of the ball and work it around at the back but they fail to get forward with Grenaro's ball out to Wright-Phillips way too long.

41
Wilshere tries to give himself room to shoot on the edge of the area but Neilsen is up to the task dismisses the ball from under the midfielder's feet.

40
The Gunners closed down, again, as Wilshere and Cazorla try to give them some ascendency from midfield.

39
Grenaro opts for a corner-kick from the right backwards to Traore who opts to shoot form range that is easily blocked.

38
Wilshere, again, with a decent run out on the left as he looks to link up with Cazorla, the duo really working hard on attack for the home side.

37
A frustrated Wenger on the sidelines barks orders to his side as they just about contain another attempted counter-attack from the Hoops.

36
Podolski's free-kick is smashed straight into the ball and nothing comes from the resulting rebound for the Gunners.

35
Samba Diakite gives away a free-kick for a late challenge on Giroud in a good attacking area for the hosts.

34
Traore bulldozes Wilshere off the ball out on the right as the Gunners midfielder looked to create something out wide.

33
Ramsey having a tough time marking Taarabt in the middle of the park who really looks up for a run on attack.

32
The games is definitely calling for a goal to break a bit of the monotony in the play.

31
The crowd trying to lift their side with cries of "Come on, Arsenal" as the hosts look to find that attacking urgency from earlier in the half.

30
Giroud warms Cesar's hands with a low-angled drive from the left, the Brazilian shot-stopper beating the ball away from goal that could've found the feet of an attacker.

29
Ramsey looks for Sagna making the run down the right, but the Welshman's ball is too strong and runs into touch.

28
The home fans have gone quiet now as their side struggles to pick up the pace going forward.

27
Taarabt goes for goal when he should've looked for Grenaro's good run into the area from the right.

26
Grenaro whips in a decent free-kick from the right that finds Ryan Neilsen's head, whose knock-on for Zamora is too long.

25
A shaky Andre Santos is called into action as he just about tackles the ball Wright-Phillips coming down the right.

24
Wright-Phillips with a shot-come-cross from the right that skims across Vito Mannone's goal.

23
Taarabt with another half-break, but the Hoops man is flagged for offsides.

22
Bosingwa blazes down the right yet again, but the full-back's ball in for Zamora is blocked.

21
The deadball in for Bobby Zamora is headed out into touch by the Gunners' defence.

20
Adel Taarabt earns his side a free-kick just over the halfway line off Arteta after half-decent run.

19
Wilshere unleashes just outside the box with a left-footed drive on the run that draws a fumbled save from Cesar, who manages to regather the loose ball in time.

18
Cazorla causing a problem for the Hoops as the Spaniard looks to get in and around the visiting defensive lines.

17
The Gunners spreading the ball from left to right but QPR arr wise to their efforts and stretch their defence to cover the attack.

16
Esteban Granero with an ambitious attempt on goal from just over the halfway line.

15
The Hoops seem almost happy to sit back and soak up the pressure before looking to hit the Gunners on the counter.

14
Podolski working hard to regain the ball out on the left having lost it after another good break from Cazorla, but the attacking movement breaks down soon after.

13
QPR driving the home side back into their own half but the Gunners still dominate possession.

12
Podolski with a long-range effort that skims wide of Cesar.

11
The hosts building from the back slowly but the visitors will be wary of the Arsene Wenger's men and their quick push on attack.

10
Aaron Ramsey with a decent header from a Sagna cross from the right that hung in the air before hitting the crossbar.

9
Hoops trying to catch the home side on the break but they're closed down pretty swiftly.

8
The Gunners come again, Mikel Arteta putting a decent ball in from the right that rebounds off Julio Cesar that could've easily fallen for Giroud.

7
Shaun Wright-Philips with a dash down the right and into the area, but the wideman is closed down before he can get a pass off.

6
Open contest at the moment with play going from end-to-end, the Hoops trying to give as good as they're getting on attack.

5
Wilshere brings the supporters to their feet with a good break into the box and a decent ball across the face of goal that drifts out of touch.

4
Jose Bosingwa with a great run down the right, but his ball into the box is too strong.

3
Santi Cazorla goes on a run but loses the ball just before he makes it into the box with the game very open from both sides at this stage.

2
Fans really showing their appreciation for Wilshere and Sagna as the Gunners look to work the ball around early on.

1
The match is underway!

spurs fan arsenal will lose 2-0 taarabt and shaun wright philips. Jamie Wroniak

Liam Ryan here in Waterford, Ireland - delighted to see Wilshere and Sagna back - Santos though is a huge liability - 4-1 is my prediction - Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud and Vermalen - come on you gunners!

3-1 to arsenal for me. Mad to think wilshere has never played with Arteta, but so exciting. Fingers crossed! Jon Adams.

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

For the Hoops, Armand Traore earns a starting berth against his former club, but striker Djibril Cisse remains on the bench. Otherwise, Mark Hughes has no new injury concerns ahead of the London derby with striker Andy Johnson (knee) the only long-term casualty.

Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna both make their long-awaited returns from injury and will start today's clash from the first whistle. Unfortunately, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to shake off a hip niggle and misses out.

QPR are rated 7/1 to beat Arsenal today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 4/1 for the match to end in a draw. Lukas Podolski is 7/2 to score first and 9/2 to score a brace, while Olivier Giroud is 20/1 to score a hat-trick.

QPR, meanwhile, are still in search of their first league win this season. The Hoops managed to claim a point in the 1-1 draw against 10-man Everton last Sunday, but looked blunt in attack and vulnerable at defending set-pieces once again.

The Gunners will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats, the north Londoners having lost 1-0 at Norwich last weekend before they were outplayed in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Schalke on Wednesday night.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Arsenal host Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley  
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  
Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd  
15:00
Man City v Stoke  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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