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Summary

  1. Giroud sent off for headbutt on Onuoha
  2. Rob Green saves Alexis Sanchez penalty
  3. Wins for Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd
  4. Saints, Swansea and Liverpool also win
  5. As do Spurs, Stoke and Hull
  6. BBC Radio 5 live's 606 via audio speaker button until 21:00 GMT

Live reporting

By Mike Henson, Tom Rostance and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Match of the Day: "It was a mistake from Giroud, simple as that. He stands up for it and admits he has done wrong. Rarely does he make the same error twice.

"Tomas Rosicky, I want to praise him for his quality and his attitude as I haven't given him many games of late. Alexis Sanchez has shown his ability to create chances and his commitment to the side, which has made such a difference for us this season."

Player reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

More from Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, speaking to Match of the Day: "It was my first start of the season and I wanted to show the boss he can use me more. For every player it's difficult when you don't play for a while and then suddenly you get called up, but you have to be prepared to be called in to action at short notice, so I work incredibly hard in training. This is a special time of year for supporters, when the whole world is watching the Premier League. It's tough for us as players, but you have to embrace it."

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

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As Arsene Wenger says, Arsenal have some ground to make up on the top three, with third-place Manchester United five points ahead and leaders Chelsea 15 points ahead. Today's win was all the more important, though, considering the Gunners head to fifth-place West Ham on Sunday.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BT Sport about their prospects in the title race: "We find ourselves detached from the teams above us at the moment, with a bit of ground to make up, so we can't get too carried away with trying to make up that ground at the moment, just to concentrate on what we're doing."

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Harry Redknapp
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QPR manager Harry Redknapp, speaking to BT Sport: "Once they went down to 10 men, at 1-0 you've got to make sure you keep it tight. The one thing we didn't want to do is conceded another goal. To let the second goal in when we did was criminal. The opening goal was a poor goal as well, we fell asleep and let the fella come round the back and the penalty, we got away with as well. There was no need to go to ground then.

"They dominated possession, they were excellent at times, but once they got down to 10 men there was a great opportunity for us. We got into some great positions, but the final ball was not good enough. We played a different system, it's difficult, at the end of the day you can keep chopping and changing but it's about people making the right decision.

"I feel our passing was sloppy, we gave the ball away too often and when you give the ball away you invite attack after attack."

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

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More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BT Sport about the performance of Alexis Sanchez: "He is a guy full of confidence and playing with some real style.

"He worked tirelessly today in setting up one goal and scoring the other, so we can't be too harsh on him for missing a penalty."

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BT Sport: "From the moment of the sending off, we knew we were in a battle.

"It was was a deserved red card, Olivier didn't control himself. It completely changed the dynamic of the game, we were completely in control at that stage and it was quite comfortable.

"Olivier is a guy who, when he makes mistakes, he stands up and admits it."

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Olivier Giroud leaves the field after being sent off
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Arsene Wenger gave Olivier Giroud an icy stare when the striker got sent off, but if he was still angry after the game he did pretty well to keep it hidden in his post-match interview. His full reaction coming up.

Player reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, speaking to BT Sport: "It was my first start of the season and I wanted to show the manager he could use me more. We dug deep and we won the game and it's a very important stage of the season, so we're pleased to have won."

Match of the Day

Right then, here is your Boxing Day Match of the Day running order: West Brom v Man City; Chelsea v West Ham, Man Utd v Newcastle, Arsenal v QPR, Sunderland v Hull, Leicester v Tottenham, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Burnley v Liverpool, Everton v Stoke, Swansea v Aston Villa.

Watch on BBC One at 23:00 GMT.

Player reaction

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Mathieu Flamini salutes the fans at full-time
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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, speaking to BT Sport: "There was some great character today. We had to scrap it out a bit towards the end, so it's very pleasing to have come through a bit of a challenge there to get all three points."

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

on Twitter: A good way to end my birthday watching the lads get three points. Well done! Thanks for all the tweets and wishes today

The entertainers

Not a single goalless game in all 46 played in the top four English tiers today. Impressive.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

"Going down to 10 men is not an easy thing, but in this respect, Arsenal did well. But, QPR were brought right back in to the game and it made for a far more exciting game than the first half was."

Football League update

Watford 0-1 Wolves

Wolves have moved to within four points of the Championship's top six after Nouha Dicko's winner at Watford.

The visitors carved out a string of first-half chances, Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes denied David Edwards and Kortney Hause with fine saves.

Watford went close to equalising in the closing stages, but substitute Odion Ighalo hit the bar.

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Happy 600 wins day!

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

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A personal milestone for Arsene Wenger as he secures his 600th win as Arsenal boss.

One person who won't be getting any celebratory cake though is Olivier Giroud. His sending off almost proved costly as QPR pressed in the closing stages, but Arsenal held on.

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Per Mertesacker salutes the fans
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That's it! Arsenal hold on to secure an important win as they move up to sixth.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

...Niko Kranjcar sends the free-kick over the bar. Surely that is it?

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Francis Coquelin commits a foul 30 yards from goal and this is a last chance for QPR....

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal win a free-kick near the halfway line, with Niko Kranjcar getting a yellow card for a foul. A precious couple of seconds earned for Arsenal.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

"What a waste there from QPR. They had Arsenal on the back foot and the cross was a complete waste from Junior Hoilett."

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Four minutes of added time. Enough for QPR to find an equaliser?

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Bobby Zamora screams for a penalty as he is challenged by Kieran Gibbs when trying to sweep home Junior Hoilett's cross from close range. Nothing given.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

"That was close for Arsenal as for a second that header from Vargas looked in."

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Close for QPR as Niko Kranjcar drives in a corner and Eduardo Vargas flicks a header goalwards, but it is blocked on the line. All QPR.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal make a second change as Danny Welbeck makes way for Francis Coquelin, a regular from the bench in the closing stages of the last couple of games.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Calum Chambers is on to provide extra protection against Junior Hoilett, who is QPR's most dangerous player in these closing stages. Hoilett manages to get beyond Chambers but, fortunately for Arsenal, his cross is far too heavy and goes out for a goal kick.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

"If this had stayed 11-a-side, it's fair to say this game would have been long decided in Arsenal's favour. That's what makes Giroud's actions even more baffling, why did he choose to do what he did?"

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsene Wenger wants to shore things up as QPR press and on comes Calum Chambers for Tomas Rosicky. Can they hold on?

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Chris Fleming: Shocking decision. The ref is right there and Debuchy gets a touch for certain.

Ryan Mould: Not a penalty in the slightest - now lets see Arsenal's predictable collapse

John de Vliering: How could Martin Atkinson give that penalty???? Debuchy clearly got the ball.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

We are into the final 10 minutes as Junior Hoilett runs at Mathieu Debuchy, but the Arsenal man has it under control this time, picking the ball off Hoilett and taking it out of the Arsenal area.

Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live

Charlie Austin celebrates
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"I have to say this. I look where the referee was for that foul from Debuchy and he has the best possible view from five or six yards away and he makes his decision almost immediately. It will certainly be interesting to see what effect that goal has on the game. Will QPR press on in belief they can find an equaliser?"

GOAL

Arsenal 2-1 QPR - Charlie Austin (pen)

Charlie Austin scores a penalty
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In the form he is in, Charlie Austin has to take the spot kick. He does, and he sends it straight down the middle and into the back of the net. The fightback is on!

PENALTY TO QPR

Arsenal 2-0 QPR

Martin Atkinson awards a penalty to QPR
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Chance for QPR to get back into the match as Junior Hoilett is caught by Matheiu Debuchy in the area, penalty...

Arsenal 2-0 QPR

Harry Redknapp wants a penalty as Bobby Zamora goes down under a challenge as he tries to get his head to Junior Hoilett's deep cross. Martin Atkinson is having none of it and Redknapp raises his arms in frustration.

Arsenal 2-0 QPR

Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at Emitrates Stadium

"Arsenal are so good at keeping possession that when you look out there at how this game is going, you wouldn't know they are down to 10 men."

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-0 QPR

With nothing to lose, QPR boss Harry Redknapp brings on Bobby Zamora for Jordon Mutch for the final 20 minutes of this game.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 2-0 QPR

Junior Hoilett is booked as he pulls down Mathieu Debuchy just outside the QPR area, Santi Cazorla can't make the most of the free-kick, though, as he fires over from 20 yards.