Mikel Arteta's late winner ended bottom-club Queens Park Rangers' resistance as Arsenal finished a turbulent week with a vital victory.

Arteta poked in from close range after hitting the bar, as the returning Jack Wilshere helped Arsenal bounce back from defeats by Norwich and Schalke.

Analysis

"It was a quite amazing end to what, for a long time, was a mundane match. But it exploded into life in the last 20 minutes. The turning point was the sending off of Stephane Mbia on 80 minutes. The winning goal came four minutes later and there could have been further goals at either end. It has put Arsenal gingerly back on track and left QPR stranded at the bottom."

The winner came moments after QPR's Stephane Mbia was sent off for kicking out at Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

QPR's Esteban Granero and Jamie Mackie spurned good injury-time chances.

England midfielder Wilshere played 67 minutes as he made his first senior Arsenal appearance for 17 months.

It has been a tough week for Arsene Wenger after his side's surprise defeats by Premier League strugglers Norwich and Champions League visitors Schalke were followed by a spiky annual shareholders' meeting, where fans questioned the club's ambitions.

But Arteta's winner, which came after Hoops keeper Julio Cesar magnificently saved Olivier Giroud's header at the start of a goalmouth scramble, moves Arsenal into fourth in the Premier League table.

It was harsh on Brazilian Cesar who produced several superb saves to keep out the Gunners as the crowd grew increasingly restless inside the Emirates.

Arsenal winner offside - Hughes

Ultimately the game turned on the sending-off of Rangers defender Mbia, who was shown a red card by referee Anthony Taylor when he senselessly kicked out at Vermaelen while lying on the ground having already won a free-kick.

The defeat leaves QPR still searching for their first league win of the season and bottom of the table.

But manager Mark Hughes can take huge positives from a compact defensive display that only unravelled after Mbia's dismissal.

In their next three matches, Hughes's team face Reading, Stoke and Southampton - all teams in the bottom half - and will take heart from their brave display.

Even after they were reduced to 10 men and fell a goal behind, the visitors refused to give up and perhaps should have had an equaliser through either Granero or Mackie.

Rangers gunned down

QPR have only won once at Arsenal in 28 years. Strikes from Kevin Gallen, Bradley Allen and Andy Impey sealed a 3-1 win on New Year's Eve 1994. Danish midfielder John Jensen scored his only goal for Arsenal.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Granero skewed wide after he was put clean through, before Mackie powered through a parting Arsenal defence only to prod his shot straight at Vito Mannone.

Wilshere's return aside, pre-match attention was focused on QPR substitute Anton Ferdinand's decision to wear a T-shirt in support of anti-racism group Kick It Out during the warm-up.

Ferdinand - found by the FA to have been racially abused by John Terry - had chosen not to wear one last weekend and, in a joint statement released with brother Rio, has urged the organisation to do more to stamp racism out of football.

The Gunners' man in the spotlight was Wilshere and, after his first touch was greeted with huge cheers, he looked the likeliest player to unlock QPR with his neat touches and inventive play.

Aaron Ramsey's free header looped on to the Hoops crossbar, before Wilshere's stinging 20-yard shot was spilled by Cesar.

Red card helped Arsenal win - Wenger

However, QPR continued to pose a threat on the counter attack, particularly down the flanks where they sought to expose the space left by the Gunners' attacking full-backs Sagna and Andre Santos.

Brazil international Santos endured a testing night against Schalke and his perceived vulnerability was targeted by pacy QPR pair Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jose Bosingwa.

Bosingwa failed to pick out the waiting Bobby Zamora as Vermaelen came to the rescue, while Wright-Phillips spooned a cross wide from another promising position.

Arsenal's frustrations were typified by Santi Cazorla wastefully smashing an inviting half-volley over the QPR bar before Arteta clinched a vital win.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

"It was a good game overall. We played against a QPR side which has quality.

"We played quite well but lacked a little bit of the confidence you miss when you have lost two games. We had chances before the sending-off but it made it easier [for us] and more difficult for Rangers.

Wilshere's return

Injury-hit Jack Wilshere made his first senior appearance for Arsenal in 524 days. He last played against Fulham on 22 May 2011.

"A draw would have been a big disappointment, but if we had lost today it would have been a crisis."

QPR manager Mark Hughes:

"I've come with teams on many occasions to the Emirates and that was as comfortable a game at the Emirates as I've been involved in.

"We were in total control, never under real pressure and they only created one chance when Cazorla ballooned the ball over the bar.

"We were making substitutions with a view to win the game because that was the extent of the control we thought we had. But the sending-off put us on the back foot, although even then I thought our response was magnificent and we had chances to win the game."

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 1-0 QPR FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Arteta 84

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    QPR

    Substitutes

    Ref: TaylorAtt: 60,103
    ARSENAL
    QPR

    Possession

    • Arsenal 70%
    • QPR 30%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 11
    • QPR 3

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 10
    • QPR 1

    Corners

    • Arsenal 5
    • QPR 2

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 14
    • QPR 9
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+5:10 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:25 Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) on Jamie Mackie (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Bosingwa (QPR) from own half, passed.
    • 90:00+3:48 Foul by David Hoilett (QPR) on Bacary Sagna (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+2:19 Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) on Nedum Onuoha (QPR). Free kick curled right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from left wing (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Vito Mannone (Arsenal). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) to centre, clearance by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).
    • 90:00+1:54 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 90:00+1:41 Shot by Jamie Mackie (QPR) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 90:00+0:46 Shot by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 90:00+0:26 Defending throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (QPR).
    • 89:43 Shot by Esteban Granero (QPR) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 89:05 Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) on David Hoilett (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Bosingwa (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 88:30 Shot by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 87:22 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal). Shot by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), resulting in open play.
    • 86:50 Shot by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Ryan Nelsen (QPR).
    • 86:29 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 86:08 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 86:08 Booking Adel Taarabt (QPR) booked for dissent.
    • 84:39 The assist for the goal came from Olivier Giroud.
    • 83:42 Assist by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) from left side of six-yard box.
    • 83:42 GOAL - Mikel ArtetaArsenal 1 - 0 QPR goal by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Arsenal 1-0 QPR.
    • 83:15 Header by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (parried) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR). Header by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards),
    • 81:51 Shot by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 80:59 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) to centre, clearance by Ryan Nelsen (QPR). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) to centre, clearance by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 80:59 Substitution Arsenal substitution: Yao Gervinho replaced by Andrey Arshavin (injury).
    • 79:27 Free kick taken left-footed by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 79:27 Sent off Stephane Mbia (QPR) dismissed for violent conduct.
    • 78:11 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) to far post, resulting in open play. Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on Stephane Mbia (QPR).
    • 78:11 Substitution QPR substitution: Shaun Wright-Phillips replaced by Jamie Mackie (tactical).
    • 77:03 Shot by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 76:07 Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 75:09 Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 73:00 David Hoilett (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 72:07 Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 72:07 Substitution QPR substitution: Armand Traore replaced by Nedum Onuoha (injury).
    • 71:53 Substitution QPR substitution: Bobby Zamora replaced by Djibril Cisse (tactical).
    • 71:36 Shot by Yao Gervinho (Arsenal) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 70:05 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 70:05 Substitution Arsenal substitution: Lukas Podolski replaced by Yao Gervinho (tactical).
    • 68:32 Shot by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 67:31 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 66:55 Defending throw-in by Armand Traore (QPR).
    • 66:03 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 66:03 Substitution Arsenal substitution: Jack Wilshere replaced by Theo Walcott (tactical).
    • 63:07 Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) on Bobby Zamora (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from left channel, passed.
    • 62:23 Header by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 61:52 Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 59:48 Free kick taken right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 59:48 Booking Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 58:08 Foul by Esteban Granero (QPR) on Mikel Arteta (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Samba Diakite (QPR). Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) on Armand Traore (QPR).
    • 55:18 Free kick taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) from right channel (18 yards), hit wall.
    • 55:18 Booking Esteban Granero (QPR) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 55:11 Foul by Esteban Granero (QPR) on Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
    • 54:37 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 53:55 Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) on Samba Diakite (QPR). Free kick taken left-footed by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 53:36 David Hoilett (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 53:04 Goal kick taken long by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 52:21 Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) on Esteban Granero (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Bosingwa (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 50:59 Bobby Zamora (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 49:56 Foul by Esteban Granero (QPR) on Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from left channel, header by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 49:00 David Hoilett (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 48:37 Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 46:08 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:11 Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:03 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:52 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 45:00+0:10 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 44:36 Foul by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) on Jose Bosingwa (QPR). Free kick taken left-footed by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 44:20 Shot by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 42:42 Foul by Samba Diakite (QPR) on Jack Wilshere (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from left channel, passed.
    • 42:32 Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 41:15 Defending throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 38:31 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR). Shot by Armand Traore (QPR) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).
    • 37:52 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 36:31 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 34:36 Foul by Samba Diakite (QPR) on Olivier Giroud (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) from right channel (20 yards), hit wall.
    • 34:18 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 34:10 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 32:50 Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) on Adel Taarabt (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Nelsen (QPR) from own half, passed.
    • 31:13 Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) on Ryan Nelsen (QPR). Free kick taken left-footed by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 30:17 Foul by Bobby Zamora (QPR) on Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 29:15 Shot by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (parried) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 28:38 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 28:12 Defending throw-in by Armand Traore (QPR).
    • 26:57 Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 25:15 Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) on Esteban Granero (QPR). Free kick crossed right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from right channel, resulting in open play. Bobby Zamora (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 25:00 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 24:28 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 23:31 Goal kick taken long by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 22:02 Bobby Zamora (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vito Mannone (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 21:36 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 20:34 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 19:57 Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) on Adel Taarabt (QPR). Free kick crossed right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from left wing, save (caught) by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 19:24 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 18:34 Shot by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (parried) by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 16:46 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 15:55 Defending throw-in by Armand Traore (QPR).
    • 13:54 Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) on Esteban Granero (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Esteban Granero (QPR) from own half, passed.
    • 12:56 Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 11:52 Shot by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 11:26 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 10:32 Foul by Esteban Granero (QPR) on Olivier Giroud (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.
    • 9:44 Header by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 9:24 Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 8:37 Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 7:14 Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 6:57 Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).
    • 6:36 Attacking throw-in by Jose Bosingwa (QPR).
    • 4:27 Goal kick taken long by Soares Julio Cesar (QPR).
    • 3:49 Goal kick taken long by Vito Mannone (Arsenal).
    • 2:13 Handball by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Armand Traore (QPR) from own half, passed.
    • 1:55 Attacking throw-in by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
    • 1:06 Foul by David Hoilett (QPR) on Bacary Sagna (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 0:29 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 0:19 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 0:09 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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