FT: QPR 0 Arsenal 1

QPR 0 - 1 Arsenal

90+3
Rough challenge from Walcott on Traore sees the QPR full-back withdrawn due to injury, and Fabio coming on, but Arsenal have survived the late flurry from the relegated neighbours to move to third on the table.

90+2
Off comes Rosicky and on comes Thomas Vermaelen, his influence on the match entirely meant to wind down the clock.

90+1
Arsenal hoofing the ball away from goal at every turn as QPR push up for some late drama.

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Three minutes of added time signalled as the Hoops supporters get behind their team in full voice.

89
Another late change from Wenger as the Frenchman introduces Jack Wilshere fro Carzorla.

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Zamora with a wasteful shot from range, his effort sailing well wide.

87
The Gunners just about poach the ball at the back and try to launch a counter-atcck, but they lose out.

86
Nervous times for Arsenal as they struggle to keep possession.

85
Just as we say it, Podolski comes off for Alex Oxlade-Chambelain.

84
QPR still pressing as Wenger maybe need to get some fresh legs out on the park.

83
Great technique from Remy as his strike from the left was goal-bound, had it not been for a full-length save from Szczesny to his left.

82
Townsend once more whips in a ball form the right that is cleared by the defence and Arsenal are by no means safe as the match edges to a close.

81
Walcott flagged off-sides as the match's solitary scorer tries to add to his tally.

80
Townsend gets the better of Monreal yet again out on the right, but his delivery for Zamora ask way too much of the QPR hitman.

79
No luck from the set-piece for Arsenal in terms of creating a goalscoring chance inside the box, but they regain possession out wide and look to start pushing up again.

78
Jenas earns a booking for his late challenge on Rosicky as Zamora still argues with the referee that he was illegally brought down inside the box by Koscielny moments earlier.

77
Green, again, doesn't shirk as he palms down Walcott's snap-shot from distance.

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QPR having to wether the storm as Arsenal throw everything but the kitchen sink at the goalmouth to try and force an opening for their second goal of the match.

75
Podolski finally steps up to take and fires it into the wall. Momebnts later and the striker has another crack at goal, this time from open play that is knocked into touch for a corner.

74
Park takes out Carzorla out in front of goal to hand Arsenal a decent free-kick opportunity.

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Carzorla getting more involved as he looks to pull the strings on attack for the visitors.

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Derry and Jermain Jenas both with miscues on goals in quick succession.

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Walcott's low drive at the near post draws a fine save from Green.

70
Frustrating period for the Gunners, despite the dominance on the ball, as they create forward momentum but no real clean-cut chances on goal.

69
Play bogged down on the halfway line and its Arsenal who remain in possession.

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Smart 'keeping from Green as he keeps his eye on the ball and steers Carzorla's attempt on goal away.

67
Poor effort from the set-piece from Arsenal and QPR can breathe a sigh of relief for the moment.

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Ramsey fluffs the Gunners' latest attacking movement, but they do still earn a corner-kick from the left to create another chance.

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Koscielny stays up after the free-kick and almost steers the ball past Green at the near post.

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Rosicky goes down under the challenge of Derry and its a caution for the veteran midfielder.

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Zamora frustrated as a ball forward for him to chase is way too deep.

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Zamora with a half-chance inside the box that is just about hacked clear by the defence.

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Armand Traore with a decent run down the left that earns a corner-kick for the R's off Sagna.

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Townsend delivers from the set-piece to the far post, but some good defending from Arsenal clears the danger.

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Monreal picks up a yellow card for tugging at Townsend, who made mince-meat of the Gunners full-back down the right.

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All the passing maybe gets the better of Podolski, who rushes out and his flagged off-sides.

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Crisp passing football from Arsenal as they edge their way back up the park.

56
Nedum Onuoha penalised for a high challenge in the air on Podolski.

55
Szczesny again called into action, this time to steer away Remy's effort on goal.

54
Szczesny does extremely well to adjust his save in mid-air to palm away Townsend's stinging effort from range.

53
Rosicky and Walcott again combine inside the box, only to lose the ball at the crucial stage of the movement.

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Too easy for Arsenal at the moment as no one from QPR seem willing to make a tackle and the Gunners have all the time in the world to work the ball around.

51
The Gunners continue to press with Sagna getting up in attack with more regularity.

50
Rosicky with a good tee-off for Walcott,, who is quick to chase but just not quick enough as Green gathers just in time.

49
Much like the start of the first stanza, Arsenal with the early ascendency.

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Szczesny with an excellent finger-tip save to steer Townsend's delicious cross from the right away from Remy.

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Podolski and Walcott look to combine after a strong ball up field, but the defence scrambles in the end.

Arsenal to win 3-0. Walcott with another and Poldoski for the third! COYG. Shareef McCrea

Are all Arsenal supporters around 8 years old, sometimes it seems like it. Regards, Tony Dryer

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QPR get the second half underway, with Shaun Derry on the park for Mbia.

I predict 2 quick goals from Arsenal after the restart- Rosicky and Cazorla. Jay Sutherland

The longer QPR stays in the game, The more hope they get. Jay Sutherland

I'm a huge Arsenal fan and after that early goal from Theo I predict that he'll get a second as well as Podolski adding one for an impressive 3-0 win, From Sam Burke

Arsenal all the way we are going to win!!!! come on you gunners! William Gooderham

I like Theo at right wing. I wish he relished it as well. Thank You, Jay Sutherland

I'm an 8 year old huge gunners fan so going with 4-0 Arsenal with Podolski Cazorla and Walcott (2). Thomas Armitage

Arsenal will win 4-1 against QPR. The goal for QPR will be an offside goal but the referee will call it a goal. Clo

QPR 0 - 1 Arsenal

45+1
Wenger will likely have a word with his troops as they finish the first period up on the scoreboard, but down in ascendency against a R's side who really have nothing more to prove in the top-flight this season.

45
No luck for Walcott just before the break as he is pushes up looking for his second.

44
QPR's confidence is visible, but Remy will maybe need to reign in his exuberance after he is blown up for a stiff hand to fend off Monreal.

43
Not a bad attempt from Townsend as his left-footed curler from the dead-ball spot drifts just wide of goal.

42
Relentless attacking play from Redknapp's charges allows earns them a free-kick from a good area out in front.

41
Last five minutes of the first half and it been much of QPR in the ascendency as the first 45 minutes draws to a close.

40
Stephane Mbia with an ambitious attempt from some way out that veers off to the right of goal.

39
The Rs back on the ball and running hard, Remy dictating play for the home side.

38
Weak effort on goal from Aaron Ramsey after some decent build-up play from Arsenal.

37
Szczesny's hurry to throw the ball out of his box almost allows Townsend to fire in from range.

36
Remy looks to create something for the Hoops, but his latest run is cut short by Koscielny.

35
Arsenal, again, having to hoof the ball up field as QPR make their presence felt.

34
Nacho Monreal having to work to contain Townsend out wide as the QPR man proves a breath of fresh air for Redknapp's men going forward today.

33
Good ebb-and-flow to the match now as play quickly changes ends of the park.

32
Swift attacking play takes Arsenal back up field, but Podolski hands over possession when he is penalised for accidently hand-balling inside the box.

31
The Gunners manage to clear the ball from the set-piece, but the Hoops look a far cry better on attack the last five minutes than they have for much of the game thus far.

30
Townsend doing well down the wide channels, this time form the left, as he delivers a decent cross from the left that ultimately earns his side a corner-kick.

29
Much better from QPR now as they come forward with more regularity and confidence.

28
Townsend does well to come in from the right and then set-up Park Ji-Sung, who shoots over the bar.

27
Last-gasp defending from the Hoops allows them to clear their lines and hope the frontmen can chase down long balls from the back.

26
Rosicky feeds Walcott on the edge of the box and he turns sharply to shoot, his strike beating Green but not the near post.

25
QPR manage to clear the ball after a relentless passage of play form Arsenal, only for the north Londoners to regain the ball and come again.

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The Gunners with the run of the show in the final third, Walcott once more trying to catch out Green with a flick at the near post.

23
Podolski, again, chases hard but the German striker is beaten to the ball by Green, the shot-stopper getting down low to the smother the ball.

22
QPR push up field strongly down the right flank, but there is no getting past Laurent Koscielny, who does well to intercept a loose pass.

21
Remy with a really poor attempt from range, the R's ace skewing his shot well-wide of Szczesny.

20
Arsenal maintaining possession and looking in control from the back.

19
Rosicky with a good ball forward for Walcott, but a boot from Clint Hill steers the ball away from the goalscorer and out of touch.

18
Overeagerness from Townsend sees the QPR frontman flagged miles off-sides.

17
Arsenal back having to build their attacking movement from inside their own half.

16
Walcott tries to flick the ball around Green, but his effort is wide of the mark.

15
Nice interplay between Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Sanit Carzorla, with even Bacary Sagna getting involved, keeps play just outside the 18-yard box for the visitors.

14
Arsenal back inside the opposition's half and working the ball through the phases.

13
Loic Remy with a run forward and then looks for Andros Townsend, but his ball asked too much of the winger.

12
Green, this time, is ready for the ball coming into his box and gets up high to gather.

11
The Gunners earn themselves a corner-kick from the left, the first set-piece of the match.

10
Arsenal commit men forward, but QPR's defensive lines are now set and ready to repel any attacking threat.

9
Wojciech Szczesny launches his goal-kick for Walcott to chase, but the ball has too much pace on it and bounces out of touch.

8
The match finally settling down to a steady pace with both teams now moving the ball around.

7
Long ball forward for Bobby Zamora to chase as the R's desperately look to make some forward momentum.

6
Ball threaded through for Lukas Podolski up front, but the cover defence gets across in time to clear.

5
Arsenal dominating the early possession as QPR look worryingly porous at the back.

4
Walcott looking strong on the ball as the England forward looks to take up the key forward role for Arsene Wenger's men.

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Buoyed by their early opener, the Gunners push in numbers as they look to maintain pressure on the hosts.

2
Arteta stays down to recieve treatment which will probabaly allow QPR time to come to terms with the early setback.

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GOAL! Twenty seconds in and Theo Walcott nets another quick-fire goal in successive weeks, drilling straight through Rob Green from close range after being put through by Mikel Arteta.

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Arsenal get the match underway!

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 QPR, Christopher Samba is ruled out due to a knee injury, and joins Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and DJ Campbell (foot) on the absentee list for Harry Redknapp's men. Bobby Zamora, though, is back after he missed out against the Royals through suspension, along with Andros Townsend.

In team news for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud serves the second match of his three-game suspension, but Jack Wilshere is back - albeit off the bench, while Nacho Monreal makes the starting line-up.

QPR are rated at 7/1 to beat Arsenal today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 7/2 for the match to end in a draw. The Gunners, though, are 2/5 to win outright. Theo Walcott is 4/1 to score first and 9/2 to secure a brace. Meanwhile, Tomas Rosicky is 9/2 to find the back of the net just before the final whistle.

QPR, meanwhile, are left with only pride to play for this season, with the R's having suffered relegation to the Championship following last Sunday's draw against Reading, a result which also sent the Royals back down to England's second division.

Arsenal are looking to climb to third in the Premier League standings, the Gunners occupying the final Champions League qualifying position of fourth following the 1-1 draw against champions-elect Manchester United last weekend, leaving Arsene Wenger's men one point behind Chelsea.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Queens Park Rangers host Arsenal at Loftus Road. Kick-off is scheduled for 1730 BST.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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