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  • Date:31 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Loftus Road Stadium
  • Attendance:18,033
  • Taarabt (21) Diakite (65)
  • Walcott (36)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:33 +3.33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Samba Diakite. Samba Diakite is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, clearance made by Clint Hill.

93:16 +3.16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Free kick taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The referee shows Joey Barton a yellow card.

90:19 +0.19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Joey Barton. Anton Ferdinand takes the indirect free kick. Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Bobby Zamora.

89:06

Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Anton Ferdinand results in a free kick. The referee cautions Anton Ferdinand for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie has an effort direct from the free kick, Shaun Derry gets a block in.

87:41

Anton Ferdinand challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tomas Rosicky.

84:25

Joey Barton takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny. Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt.

83:49

Samba Diakite takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.

83:13

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.

81:50

Foul by Joey Barton on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

80:28

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Mikel Arteta. Marouane Chamakh comes on in place of Kieran Gibbs.

79:38

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Close range headed effort by Alex Song misses to the right of the target.

79:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Tomas Rosicky. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.

78:26

Corner taken by Adel Taarabt.

74:55

Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

71:36

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance made by Samba Diakite.

68:46

Yao Gervinho is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Ramsey.

68:29

Shot on goal by Laurent Koscielny from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

68:02

Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Patrick Kenny makes a save.

66:51

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

65:12

Samba Diakite fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. QPR 2-1 Arsenal.Assist by Jamie Mackie.

63:53

Joey Barton fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha. The referee books Alex Song for unsporting behaviour.

61:09

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick. Thomas Vermaelen booked for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Mackie goes into the book.

60:08

Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Samba Diakite results in a free kick. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

59:34

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

58:07

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Clint Hill.

57:27

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.

56:28

Taye Taiwo handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, save by Patrick Kenny.

51:15

Clint Hill challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie takes the free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Bobby Zamora.

49:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

47:27

Kieran Gibbs produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

44:59

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

43:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

42:54

Aaron Ramsey challenges Jamie Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right channel, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

42:24

Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Free kick taken by Taye Taiwo.

41:16

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.

39:04

Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:18

Theo Walcott has an effort at goal from inside the penalty box hitting the post. Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. QPR 1-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.

35:32

Foul by Adel Taarabt on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alex Song.

32:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.

30:56

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Mackie. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

27:00

Foul by Bobby Zamora on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

26:29

The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

22:42

Adel Taarabt goes into the referee's book.

21:32

A goal is scored by Adel Taarabt from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Arsenal.Clint Hill provided the assist for the goal.

20:01

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

17:35

Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

15:50

Clint Hill takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

14:12

Thomas Vermaelen challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

12:49

Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. A cross is delivered by Adel Taarabt, Close range header by Bobby Zamora goes over the bar.

11:42

Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, clearance made by Alex Song.

11:11

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, clearance made by Tomas Rosicky.

10:39

Handball by Aaron Ramsey. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right wing, clearance by Robin van Persie.

10:18

Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.

9:07

Alex Song challenges Samba Diakite unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.

8:22

The referee blows for offside. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

6:53

Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Robin van Persie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Patrick Kenny.

6:36

Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

6:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Thomas Vermaelen. Indirect free kick taken by Joey Barton.

5:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

2:38

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.

0:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Taye Taiwo on Theo Walcott. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Hughes calls on Rangers to rise to challenge QPR manager Mark Hughes admits his relegation-threatened side need to "stand up and be counted" sooner rather than later. The west Londoners have eight games remaining to stave off relegation from the Barclays Premier League, where they currently languish 18th in the standings. The Rs have a set of unenviable fixtures in the run-in and welcome high-flying Arsenal to Loftus Road on Saturday. Earlier this week QPR captain Joey Barton described the match as "more than a game" and claimed "people's careers are on the line". Asked about the comments, Hughes said: "I think Joey was trying to emphasise the importance of the game. "I think we all understand we want to stay in the Premier League and that is our aim. We are fully focused on that challenge. "If we can play as we did against Liverpool [where QPR won 3-2] against the top sides we are coming up against then that will go along way to whether we stay in the league. "It is down to us and I that's the point Joey was making. "We all have to stand up and be counted and make sure that we give it our best shot. That is certainly what we will be doing." The Rs face trips to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City before the season's close and play an Arsenal side looking for an eighth successive win. "Arsenal are playing exceptionally well, obviously they're winning games and their confidence is growing as a consequence of that," Hughes said. "I think the key thing to that is they have got lot of width and pace to their play at the moment. "Maybe earlier in the season when they were struggling a bit the threat from wide areas possibly wasn't as forthcoming as it is at the moment. "The likes of [Bacary] Sagna and [Kieran] Gibbs are now playing and giving them a real option out wide, which all the good Arsenal teams had in the past." QPR, by contrast, come into the match off the back of last weekend's 3-1 loss at Sunderland, which was compounded by Djibril Cisse's red card. Cisse will be joined on the sidelines by Armand Traore, who is a week away from returning from a hamstring injury. Long-term absentees DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson are making good progress and, while not ready to return against Arsenal, could be involved in next weekend's trip to Manchester United. Arsene Wenger warned Arsenal must concentrate on delivering another performance rather than harbour hopes of overhauling Manchester City to claim second place. The Gunners have recorded seven straight wins in the Barclays Premier League to climb up into third place above Tottenham. City head to Emirates Stadium on Easter Sunday, and then host current leaders Manchester United on April 30. Mathematically, if Arsenal were to win all their remaining eight games and City buckle under the pressure, the current 12-point gap could soon be eaten up. Wenger, though, wants his rejuvenated squad to just concentrate fully on the job in hand at Loftus Road. "I see us fighting like mad to win the game. That is all I see, I don't see further," the Arsenal boss said. "We are focused on QPR, believe me. "We know that is always a tricky game for everybody and that is what is important to us. "After that we focus on the next one and our capability to finish the season in a strong way depends on just how much we focus on every game." Given the way Spurs saw their own advantage over the Gunners crumble, Wenger accepts things can change "very quickly" in a short space of time. The Arsenal manager continued: "Our sport is fragile and we have learned something this season from a very difficult period. Urgency and focus are vital to keep your level up. "What we can hope for is to be third. We can be fourth, we can be fifth, we can be sixth, we want to be as high as possible and that depends on our consistency now. "We are in a position that nobody expected us to be in and we want to strengthen that position from now on. That depends on our performances." Wenger is expecting a stern test from a battling QPR side, who recovered from 2-0 down with 15 minutes left to beat Liverpool in their last home game. He said: "QPR is a side which has quality players and is in a difficult situation. "Certainly you expect them to fight not to go down, but I believe the key will be on our side - no matter what QPR's quality or problem is, it will be important for us to go out and show how much we want another win."

Formation:442Manager: Mark Hughes

QPR

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Patrick Kenny
  • Nedum Onuoha
  • Anton Ferdinand
  • Clint Hill
  • Taye Taiwo
  • Joey Barton
  • Samba Diakite
  • Shaun Derry
  • Adel Taarabt
  • Jamie Mackie
  • Bobby Zamora
  • SUBS
  • Radek Cerny
  • Daniel Gabbidon
  • DJ Campbell
  • Jay Bothroyd
  • Akos Buzsaky
  • Luke Young
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLDLWL
  • QPR
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WWWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • QPR
  • 31/12/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

QPR

  • H Helguson 6
  • J Mackie 5
  • D Cisse 3
  • T Smith 2
  • L Young 2
  • B Zamora 2
  • J Bothroyd 2
  • J Barton 2
  • S Derry 1
  • A Buzsaky 1
  • D Campbell 1
  • TI Taiwo 1
  • A Faurlin 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 25
  • T Walcott 6
  • M Arteta 5
  • T Vermaelen 5
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • T Rosicky 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • K Gibbs 1

Goals

QPR

    • Total goals 86
    • Goals per game 33
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 114
    • Goals per game 61
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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