QPR 0 - 1 Arsenal
With just three games left of the top four race, Arsenal faced a relegated Queens Park Rangers side looking to grab the three points they so badly needed. Due to their relegation, The Hoops were hopeful of a favourable result.[quote_right]”The opening thirty seconds of the first half contained two kick offs…”[/quote_right]
The opening thirty seconds of the first half contained two kick offs. Just twenty-eight seconds after the initial kick off, Tomas Rosicky played Theo Walcott through on goal in the QPR box, and the Englishman let off a hard, yet poorly placed shot. Green couldn’t keep it out, and Arsenal were a goal to the good. Phew.
Unfortunately, the remaining forty-five minutes were not as entertaining.
Arsenal held on to the ball brilliantly for large patches of the half, but struggled to create any solid chances. Rosicky was the mastermind of the midfield, but poor movement from Podolski up front meant that through-balls and crosses went astray.
Theo Walcott was making good runs forward with the ball, and managed to hit the post after a well hit shot from inside the box. Typically however, Arsenal seemed to lack the final touch to bury The Hoops. It was beginning to look a lot like the performance against Manchester United. A long spell of domination - with not a lot to show for it.[quote_left]”QPR looked to be the side desperate for points, whilst The Gunners were performing like an outfit braced for Championship football.”[/quote_left]
Arsenal’s second half display was a dire reflection of their first. Passing was sloppy and movement in the final third was almost non-existent.
QPR on the other hand looked lively, with Townsend and Remy letting off powerfully placed shots at Szczesney, who did well to deal with both.
Rosicky continued to push the midfield forward, with Arteta putting in some stellar challenges behind him.
As the game dragged on, Arsenal’s urgency levels dropped dramatically. At times, QPR looked to be the side desperate for points, whilst The Gunners were performing like an outfit braced for Championship football.
Nevertheless, Arsenal held on. The final whistle eventually marked the end of a relatively poor Arsenal performance, but a performance which sealed three vital points regardless.
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With little to do for much of the game, Szczesney did brilliantly to keep out two tremendous strikes from both Townsend and Remy respectively. Kept Arsenal’s top four challenge alive.
Another slightly shaky performance from Sagna, but he did what needed to be done - with no errors.
Our Big Friendly German was solid at the back today, reading the game well and making good interceptions. Won his fair share of aerial battles.
As usual, Laurent put in an excellent defensive performance. Covered for Monreal when necessary, and managed to keep Loic Remy on a tight leash for most of the game.
Not Nacho’s finest afternoon. Townsend proved to be a tricky adversary for the Spaniard, and he got himself booked by hauling down the pacey full back. Didn’t have much of an impact in the final third.
MOTM. Mikel made challenge after challenge, and won battle after battle. I usually criticize Arteta for his lack of strength in the tackle, but he managed to shrug off an imposing QPR midfield with ease, and keep Arsenal’s game flowing.
Aaron is always so difficult to judge. He works his socks off for every ball, yet manages to lose it more often than not, in one way or another. Even his successful passes put his team mates under pressure. Needs to calm down on the ball.
Did very well to set up Theo Walcott, and looked lively all afternoon. Showed some great touched and passes, and was the main driving force behind move Arsenal attacks.
As usual, Santi had two very good long-range efforts, both of which were saved by Green. The rest of his game was lacking urgency - again.
Theo showed great movement for his goal, despite the slightly poor finish. He looked hungry for a second goal all game, and was unlucky to hit the post in the first half. Theo even did quite well defensively on occasion.
You could argue that Podolski had poor delivery, but much of that was down to his poor movement and energy off the ball. Definitely not a Premier League striker. More suited to the wing or as a support striker.
Wilshere [N/A], Chamberlain [N/A], Vermaelen [N/A]
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Despite a relatively poor performance, Arsenal got exactly what they needed from today’s game - three points. Lukas Podolski proved that he is no threat to Olivier Giroud’s position as striker. His lack of movement and urgency was the downfall of many Arsenal attacks. For the opening thirty seconds, we saw an Arsenal performance. for the rest of the ninety minutes, we saw anything but. Nevertheless, The Gunners did all they needed to do.
With just two games left to play this season, Arsenal need six points from six, without question. Performances like today’s however, will not do much for the confidence of this Arsenal side.
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