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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,067
  • van Persie (59) van Persie (59)
Goal!

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93mins

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

92mins

Mikel Arteta decides to take a short corner.

92mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Connolly. Robin van Persie takes a short corner.

88mins

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.

88mins

Unfair challenge on Wojciech Szczesny by DJ Campbell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

87mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Radek Cerny.

85mins

Shot by Daniel Gabbidon from outside the box goes high over the target.

85mins

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Alejandro Faurlin. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt.

83mins

Short corner worked by Robin van Persie.

82mins

Daniel Gabbidon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.

81mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

80mins

The referee blows for offside against Yao Gervinho. Radek Cerny takes the indirect free kick.

77mins

Bradley Orr on for Armand Traore.

77mins

Shot from close range by Yao Gervinho misses to the left of the target.

76mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Matthew Connolly gets a block in.

74mins

Jamie Mackie leaves the field to be replaced by Tommy Smith. Yao Gervinho comes on in place of Theo Walcott.

74mins

Effort on goal by Aaron Ramsey from just inside the area clears the bar.

72mins

Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Adel Taarabt takes the free kick.

71mins

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Matthew Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line played to the near post, Shot from deep inside the area by Matthew Connolly clears the crossbar.

67mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Francis Coquelin. Andrey Arshavin goes off and Tomas Rosicky comes on. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

67mins

Short corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line.

67mins

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

64mins

DJ Campbell is brought on as a substitute for Jay Bothroyd.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Mackie on Mikel Arteta. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.

60mins

Robin van Persie grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 QPR.Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.

56mins

Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

55mins

Mikel Arteta challenges Shaun Wright-Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.

55mins

Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Radek Cerny.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Luke Young. Luke Young is cautioned. Francis Coquelin replaces Thomas Vermaelen. Andrey Arshavin takes the indirect free kick.

53mins

Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt to the near post, clearance by Alex Song.

52mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.

52mins

Jay Bothroyd delivers the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

51mins

The official flags Jay Bothroyd offside. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

50mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

48mins

Mikel Arteta produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adel Taarabt on Johan Djourou. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

47mins

Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

47mins

Jamie Mackie is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Alex Song results in a free kick. Matthew Connolly takes the indirect free kick.

44mins

Adel Taarabt fouled by Johan Djourou, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Armand Traore.

44mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, save by Radek Cerny.

44mins

Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save by Radek Cerny.

43mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, save by Radek Cerny.

43mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.

43mins

Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Robin van Persie.

41mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance made by Matthew Connolly.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Song.

40mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on Joey Barton. Booking for Johan Djourou. Free kick taken by Armand Traore.

39mins

The ball is sent over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

39mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

38mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Alex Song. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Booking for Thomas Vermaelen for unsporting behaviour.

35mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Luke Young manages to make a clearance.

33mins

Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Luke Young gets a block in.

33mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, Matthew Connolly makes a clearance.

32mins

The ball is delivered by Mikel Arteta.

32mins

Aaron Ramsey decides to take the corner short.

31mins

Jamie Mackie is ruled offside. Per Mertesacker takes the indirect free kick.

30mins

Robin van Persie produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Jay Bothroyd. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Andrey Arshavin is caught offside. Radek Cerny restarts play with the free kick.

27mins

Foul by Joey Barton on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Joey Barton goes into the referee's book. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

25mins

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

23mins

Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

21mins

Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Alex Song results in a free kick. Daniel Gabbidon restarts play with the free kick.

21mins

Mikel Arteta fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.

19mins

Joey Barton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

19mins

The referee blows for offside. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.

18mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Song.

16mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Radek Cerny.

14mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Jay Bothroyd makes a clearance.

11mins

Jay Bothroyd challenges Per Mertesacker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Per Mertesacker takes the indirect free kick.

10mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

9mins

Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

3mins

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.

Match Preview

Walcott set for Gunners return Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who missed the draw against Wolves on Tuesday, has recovered from illness and is expected to return against QPR. Defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) is on schedule to return at the end of January along with fellow full-back Kieran Gibbs (stomach). Midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) could be back by the middle of February while full-back Carl Jenkinson remains sidelined with a back problem. Brazilian left-sided player Andre Santos (ankle) is expected to be sidelined until March. Manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Thierry Henry will sign a two-month deal to return to the club if insurance agreements can be worked out with New York Red Bulls. Henry has been training with Arsenal in the MLS off-season and is not required to return to the United States until March. Wenger said: "For two months it certainly will happen. I don't take care of the agreement and the insurance and that is not completed. "At the moment we cannot announce anything because all the paperwork is not done. "To cover for two months is ideal. He has the experience and the quality. He knows the club and can help the players on and off the pitch. "He has exceptional talent and is a very intelligent man, it can only be positive." QPR manager Neil Warnock has welcomed Henry's return to the Premier League - but is relieved he cannot feature for Arsenal on Saturday. Warnock admitted he too is looking at the possibility of short-term loans from Major League Soccer, but admits there is nobody available of Henry's calibre. "We are looking in that area as well," Warnock said. "It is great to get somebody in for a couple of months if you can. Unfortunately for us we have not found anybody at the moment. "As for Henry, it is fantastic. I do love him. I think he is an amazing player and for me to see him back in the Premier League [is brilliant]. "I am just glad the transfer window does not open until January 1. "He is everything you like about football and oozes class. "I don't think age matters really when you have got experience. He is going to get plenty of the ball, plenty of opportunities the way Arsenal play and I think he will do very well. "They say you should never go back, but in Arsenal's case they have lost a couple to the African Nations Cup. "It can only help them. It is not as if they are signing him for two years. "I don't know where they can go wrong for two months. I think it is a fantastic signing." Anton Ferdinand continues to miss out in the Rangers defence with a hamstring injury, while Armand Traore, Matt Connolly and Jay Bothroyd will all be hoping to feature against their former club.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4231Manager: Neil Warnock

QPR

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Alex Song
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Francis Coquelin

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Match Report

Bittersweet day for van Persie Robin van Persie may have been thwarted in his hunt for a Premier League goalscoring record but was on hand to help Arsenal end 2011 with a 1-0 victory against QPR. The Gunners captain had 90 minutes to net twice against the Rs to equal Alan Shearer's record of Premier League goals in a calendar year. Having wasted four decent chances in the first period, van Persie swept home his first opportunity of the second half after latching onto Andrey Arshavin's neat ball. However, the Holland international failed to add to his 60th-minute effort and missed the chance to equal the former Blackburn striker's 36-goal haul from 1995. Van Persie was not the only Arsenal player left ruing missed opportunities, with Theo Walcott and substitute Gervinho both guilty of failing to convert gilt-edged chances. The Gunners' futility led to a nervy ending against spirited QPR, although resolute defending saw the majority of the 60,067 crowd go home happy. Before kick-off Arsenal legend Tony Adams was given a standing ovation on the Emirates pitch. The former captain's appearance failed to boost the side, though, with QPR dominating the opening exchanges. After Per Mertesacker thwarted an Adel Taarabt through ball, ex-Arsenal striker Jay Bothroyd soon found space to get away a 20-yard effort on goal in the ninth minute. Wojciech Szczesny held with ease but looked less comfortable when an exquisite Taarabt pass put Shaun Wright-Phillips behind the Gunners' backline a minute later, forcing the Polish goalkeeper into a quick block. QPR were playing with confidence in north London, although a moment of van Persie magic could have easily seen the home side break the deadlock. The Arsenal skipper jinked back and forth on the right-hand side, before sneaking past his marker and toe-poking an effort on goal from close range, but without success. Former Tottenham playmaker Taarabt was fortunate to escape punishment from referee Martin Atkinson in the 19th minute when he seemingly caught Arshavin with a stray arm. Joey Barton fired a shot across the face of goal with the Russia international still grounded, before van Persie twice came close at the other end. The Dutch striker first backtracked furiously to head just wide, before wriggling past Luke Young in the box and lifting the ball just over the bar. The Gunners were in the ascendancy and van Persie fired just over the bar after being put through by a long ball from the back. Arsenal twice had penalty shouts rejected as half-time approached, before a goalbound Aaron Ramsey effort was cleared off the line by Barton and Cerny parried a fierce Mikel Arteta drive. QPR looked rejuvenated after the break and Jamie Mackie found the net within two minutes, although the whistle had already been blown for offside. Armand Traore's dangerous left-wing cross caught Arsenal off guard five minutes later, but Alejandro Faurlin's miscued shot allowed Szczesny to gather comfortably. Wenger's side were looking most dangerous on the break and Walcott should have scored the afternoon's opening goal in the 56th minute. Ramsey put the former Southampton man through one on one with Cerny and, despite the goalkeeper diving the wrong way, Walcott somehow pulled his shot wide. Fortunately that lack of composure did not haunt the Gunners, who broke the deadlock through van Persie four minutes later. Arshavin found time and space on the left flank to find the Arsenal skipper, who swept a left-footed drive past Cerny inside the box. Young's block stopped Arshavin doubling the north Londoners' advantage, before Taarabt forced Szczesny into a low save to prevent a curling effort finding the net. The shot began a bright spell for the west Londoners, who saw Connolly blaze over and felt aggrieved not to receive a penalty when Taarabt went down under substitute Francis Coquelin's challenge. Arsenal, having seen a rasping Ramsey effort come close, were close again through Gervinho. The indomitable van Persie showed strength and skill to lose his marker and cross for the Ivory Coast international, who somehow put wide from close range. Arsenal continued to press for a second as the game drew to a close but were thwarted, with Ramsey and van Persie both unable to find the net.

Form Guide

    DWWLWD
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • QPR
  • LDLLLD

Last Meetings

  • QPR
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 02/03/1996
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • QPR
  • 26/12/1995
  • QPR
  • 3 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 08/04/1995
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 3
  • QPR
  • 31/12/1994
  • QPR
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 27/04/1994
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • QPR
  • 03/01/1994

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 15
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

QPR

  • H Helguson 6
  • L Young 2
  • J Bothroyd 2
  • J Mackie 2
  • T Smith 1
  • J Barton 1
  • D Campbell 1
  • A Faurlin 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 34
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

QPR

    • Total goals 44
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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