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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Arsenal

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
Olivier Giroud
Giroud's second-half strike was his 10th league goal of the seaon
  • Giroud scores fifth goal in five games
  • Sanchez with first goal since January
  • Charlie Austin scores 15th of campaign
  • QPR faded after strong first-half display

Arsenal produced an impressive second-half display to beat QPR in a fourth consecutive Premier League win and consolidate their top-four place.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring, poking home when on the ground after Kieran Gibbs's shot was blocked.

Alexis Sanchez beat Robert Green at his near post to double Arsenal's lead.

QPR faded after a strong first-half performance, although they were given late hope by Charlie Austin's powerful strike with eight minutes left.

Arsenal remain on course for automatic Champions League qualification, sitting one point clear of fourth-placed Manchester United, and three points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.

At the other end of the table, QPR stay three points adrift of safety with games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to come in their remaining 11 matches.

Despite their lowly position, they clearly relished the opportunity to test themselves against Arsene Wenger's side, and would have been worthy of a half-time lead if Austin had converted one of several attempts on goal.

QPR midfielder Sandro made his first appearance since suffering a medial knee ligament injury in November, and in combination with midfield partner Karl Henry, they gave Arsenal no time on the ball as the home side dominated the first half.

Ramsey 'feels sick' after Arsenal loss

While Arsenal took time to settle, they provided a reminder of their quality when Green kept out Santi Cazorla after a flowing move that saw the Spaniard combine neatly with Giroud.

The Gunners were much the better team after half-time though, and threatened almost immediately, with Mesut Ozil insisting only a foul by Henry had prevented him from converting a Tomas Rosicky cut-back.

Soon after Giroud put Arsenal ahead, they created further chances in quick succession and, having just denied Sanchez, Green was beaten by the Chile forward at his near post from an acute angle.

Contrary to the pattern of the first half, David Ospina was a spectator in the Arsenal goal, and watched on as Green tipped Ozil's deflected right-foot shot onto the post to keep his side in it.

Austin's late strike gave QPR hope of a dramatic late equaliser, but the home side failed to build further momentum and Arsenal's control of possession ensured no further alarms.

QPR made Arsenal sweat - Wenger

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey: "We played very well but you cannot keep being unlucky and sorry that you lost the game. Detail has cost us and I am genuinely sick for the players. I thought they gave everything but at this level it is the detail that matters.

"We can't keep relying on Charlie Austin. He worked tirelessly for the team but we need to start creating opportunities for a few other people. Overall the performance was good but I am sick we could not at least get something out of the game."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "QPR gave everything and we needed to be patient and resilient because in the first 25 minutes they stopped us from playing, but in the second half it was all us.

"We had the chances to score three or four. At 2-1 you become edgy and you never know with Charlie Austin up front. He can score a goal from anywhere, and must have one of the strongest strikes in the league, but overall we controlled the game well."

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal since January's 3-0 home win over Stoke City
Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez beat Green at the goalkeeper's near post
Olivier Giroud
Giroud showed good technique to steer the ball home when on the ground
Olvier Giroud
Giroud scored his 10th league goal of the season
Charlie Austin
QPR failed to create further chances after Austin's powerful late strike

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 38Furlong
  • 15OnuohaSubstituted forHillat 45'minutes
  • 4Caulker
  • 13YunBooked at 80mins
  • 7Phillips
  • 20HenryBooked at 32mins
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forKranjcarat 56'minutes
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forIslaat 73'minutes
  • 9Austin
  • 25Zamora

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 14Isla
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 24Vargas
  • 29Zárate

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 39BellerinBooked at 34mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 5GabrielSubstituted forKoscielnyat 37'minutes
  • 3Gibbs
  • 7RosickySubstituted forRamseyat 87'minutes
  • 34Coquelin
  • 19Cazorla
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forWelbeckat 90+3'minutes
  • 12Giroud
  • 17Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 6Koscielny
  • 14Walcott
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 16Ramsey
  • 21Chambers
  • 23Welbeck
  • 26Martinez
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
17,977

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Arsenal 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Mesut Özil.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

  5. Post update

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

  7. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Tomas Rosicky.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

  11. Post update

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Arsenal 2. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

  13. Booking

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Mauricio Isla replaces Junior Hoilett.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea27196257223563
2Man City28177459273258
3Arsenal28166653302354
4Man Utd28158547262153
5Liverpool28156742301251
6Southampton28154939201949
7Tottenham2714584438647
8Stoke28126103334-142
9Swansea28117103337-440
10West Ham2810993934539
11Newcastle2898113243-1135
12Crystal Palace2879123139-830
13West Brom2879122636-1030
14Everton28610123341-828
15Hull2869132637-1127
16Sunderland28414102339-1626
17Aston Villa2867151538-2325
18QPR2764172847-1922
19Burnley28410142547-2222
20Leicester2746172444-2018
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