Dec 31

Arsenal end 2011 with deserved victory over QPR – Arsenal 1-0 QPR

Robin van Persie’s goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates on New Years Eve but left the skipper one short of equalling Alan Shearer’s record of goals scored in a calendar year.

The Gunners dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on their chances, the best of which came after 15 minutes when van Persie’s slick strike was foiled by Radek Cerny. The Dutchman kept up the pressure throughout the first half but to no avail.

QPR looked more lively after the break but it was the hosts that finally went ahead on the hour mark as van Persie struck home after being fed by Andrey Arshavin.

Their three points raise Arsenal to fourth place in the table, two points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea who lost at home to Aston Villa.

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18 Responses to “Arsenal end 2011 with deserved victory over QPR – Arsenal 1-0 QPR”

  1. GoonerNate says:

    MOTM gotta be Koscielny. He has aged like a fine wine. Better every match.

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  2. Keeping a clean sheet is always fantastic. One-nil to the Arsenal. Classic!

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  3. Sned777 says:

    Need to be more clinical up top. Coquelin impressive getting forward from left back. Need something extra in midfield.

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  4. ziyau says:

    i think MOTM is Koscielny, he played well every match especially tonight :)

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  5. Michael says:

    The weight on Arshavins ball to Van Persie was spot on. No matter how out of form he is, the class is still there.

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  6. Adam says:

    Rosicky was fantastic. Been so much improved this season. Something like the Rosicky of old. Coquelin was very good as well. Such a quality, versatile little player. Van Persie was outstanding. He’s carrying this team single handedly. Gervinho couldn’t finish his dinner.

    We need another wide player. Arshavin and Walcott are not consistently good enough and Gervinho is spectacularly erratic. Any of the following will do nicely Wenger, cheers:
    Gotze
    Hazard
    Reus
    Marko Marin
    Shaqiri

    Won’t happen though of course. Chamberlain needs more game time. He’s already better than Walcott as a right winger in my humble opinion. He’s got that quality in tight areas to beat a man that Theo just hasn’t got.

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  7. Riaz Mahmud says:

    Mertesacker was the MOTM for me. He made a great interception in the 86/87 minutes and then was having a laugh with others,calming things down right after that. The next minute he was clapping for Djourou after a good defending from the Swiss. You see these stuff and just know what he brings to the table. Can’t believe we got him for whatever we got him for!

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  8. 4orte_Shto says:

    What’s wrong with Ramsey? So much fuss and immaturity when it comes to critical decisions.

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  9. @navinfernandes says:

    my MOTM is Wojciech Szczęsny. Hardly gets any credit, but came up with some clutch saves n a solid overall performance !

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  10. sylvietjoo says:

    Only managed to catch the last 20 mins so can’t decide on a MOTM but agree with above post – what’s with Ramsey’s (too short) back-heel passes just when they’re setting up a decent attack? Also another huge miss from Gervinho, I’m starting to feel for the guy! Thought RVP was fantastic from what I’ve seen, defensively felt decent too – Koscielny, Mertesacker. Would be nice if now Sunderland could cook up an upset tomorrow against City ;)

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  11. Cc says:

    Couquelin is really stepping up his game,but whether he is ready for the EPL with arsenal still remains 2 be seen,we need 2 work on scoring dying minute goals & defending well in the dying mins(man u does that very well) & congrats & happy,trophy winning 2012.

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  12. GoonerN7 says:

    MOTM for me was RvP,worked his butt off and created chances all day long.
    Secured the 3 points again,what a magnificent captain.

    Other good players today were Song and Szescny “

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  13. LB says:

    Kos, Per, Arteta, RvP, Coquelin were good. Djourou and Arshavin did better than usual. Good win. We just need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

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  14. fan says:

    all the arshavin haters piss off. Without him today it will be nil nil at best. Other than RVP, he’s the only one that knows what to do in front of goal. Gervinho and Walcott are clueless

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  15. opiipii says:

    I once said mertesaker was squillaci 2.0.i take it back.80 caps plus for germany don’t come on a platter.per is MOTM!

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  16. Harshil Dawda says:

    Gervinho has got to show quality in the final third. Takes ages to get the ball off his feet. Why doesn’t he just learn from Arteta and Ramsey?

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  17. athlon says:

    Koscielny, who else?!

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  18. GunnerMacedonia says:

    frankly, we didnt deserve a point. no spirit, no fight. btw great assist by squillaci, i hope he leaves this january

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