Quick-fire Walcott sinks QPR

Theo Walcott scored the quickest goal of the Premier League season to secure Arsenal a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers to keep his club on course for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Last Updated: 05/05/13 at 07:52 Post Comment

Theo Walcott: Celebrates Arsenal's very early winner

Theo Walcott: Celebrates Arsenal's very early winner

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

QPR, whose relegation had been confirmed by last week's 0-0 draw at Reading, were slowly out of the blocks and conceded the only goal with only 20 seconds on the clock.

Harry Redknapp's side recovered to make a game of it, but were unable to create a clear-cut opening as Arsenal moved back into third position, albeit having played two games more than fourth-placed Chelsea, and one more than Tottenham in fifth.

Arsenal were in front after just 20 seconds when sloppy play from former Gunners full-back Armand Traore was punished when Mikel Arteta slipped in Walcott and his scruffy finish found its way past Rob Green.

Walcott came close to a second goal for the visitors on 26 minutes when he was played in by Tomas Rosicky, but his low shot struck the post.

QPR started to respond and created their best chance on 28 minutes when Andros Townsend cut in from the right, Bobby Zamora helped the ball on, but Park Ji-sung fired over.

Tal Ben Haim, who has scored just one goal in English football, then tried his luck from 30 yards after winning possession on the halfway line, but his shot was comfortably saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

The Arsenal keeper was tested more severely nine minutes into the second half by Townsend's swerving effort before producing a more routine stop from Loic Remy's low attempt.

Arsenal still carried a threat going forwards and Green awkwardly parried Santi Cazorla's dipping shot before saving low at the near post from Walcott.

England winger Walcott was a lively outlet for Arsenal and a 25-yard piledriver from the right side of the pitch was fumbled by Green with 13 minutes to go.

QPR came closest to an equaliser on 83 minutes when Szczesny was forced into a full-length save to turn away Remy's curling shot, but Arsenal held on for a first win at Loftus Road since 1990.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
19:45
Arsenal 0-0 S'land Report
Monday, 18 May 2015
20:00
W Brom 3-0 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 17 May 2015
16:00
Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal  
13:30
Swansea 2-4 Man City  
Saturday, 16 May 2015
17:30
Liverpool 1-3 C Palace  
15:00
Burnley 0-0 Stoke  
QPR 2-1 Newcastle Report
S'land 0-0 Leicester  
Tottenham 2-0 Hull City  
West Ham 1-2 Everton  

Footer 365

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received following the death of his wife.

Didier Drogba confirms he will leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba has announced today’s Premier League game against Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player.

Raheem Sterling would interest Manchester City – Sky sources

Manchester City would be interested in signing Raheem Sterling if he were to become available, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company