Saturday October 27, 2012 Day 9 Finished Emirates Stadium

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  1. Premier League - Arsenal scrape win as Wilshere returns

    Premier League - Arsenal scrape win as Wilshere returns

    Mikel Arteta's late strike saved Arsenal from a third goalless performance in a row as they beat QPR 1-0 in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only)
    • 90+6' There's the final whistle! It was a slog, but Arsenal got there in the end, scoring their first goal in 270 minutes. 'Crisis' over at the Emirates. Until next week...
    • 90+5' Last chance for QPR with a free-kick inside the Arsenal half, but they play it short and the chance is wasted!
    • 90+3' QPR free-kick right on the left corner of the box, Granero to take.... Mannone tips it wide to the left. It clipped the outside of the net on the way through, bringing mistaken goal celebrations from the visiting fans.
    • 90+2' What a run by Mackie! He runs directly at goal, beating three players, but Mannone saves from close range! Suddenly QPR are all over the Gunners.
    • 90+1' Arshavin races down the left channel and takes a left-foot shot... goes wide off the outside of his boot.
    • 90+1' FIVE MINUTES of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Chance for Granero!! Taarabt finds him with a brilliant through ball, but he slips as he shoots and drags it wide of Mannone's goal.
    • 89' Another fine save from Julio Cesar, this time from Santi Cazorla! What a second half the QPR keeper has had.
    • 89' QPR don't look much like mounting a comeback here. They have played well, but with 10 men it is an extremely tall order.
    • 87' Another good save from Julio Cesar, diving low to his right to push away Ramsey's powerful strike.
    • 86' Let's not forget that Andrey Arshavin set that goal up...
    • 85' That goal came 270 minutes after Arsenal's last, at West Ham on October 6. Palpable relief around the Emirates.
    • 84' GOAL!! At last for Arsenal! Arshavin's cross is headed goalwards by Giroud, Julio Cesar saves, Arteta heads against the bar then slams home the rebound from close range! Bizarre goal, but Arsenal will take it!
    • 83' In amongst all that, Arshavin came on for the injured Gervinho.
    • 82' WHAT A SAVE JULIO CESAR!! An Arsenal corner ricochets around the box - an attempted clearance hits Onuoha and spins towards the corner, but Julio Cesar makes a brilliant reflex save!
    • 81' Walcott goes down in the box under a Taarabt challenge, but the penalty appeal is turned down.
    • 81' Andrey Arshavin is about to come on for Arsenal...
    • 80' RED CARD!! Madness from Stephane Mbia!! He is fouled by Vermaelen, is awarded the free-kick, but then lashes out while on the ground, kicking Vermaelen! An obvious red, utter stupidity from the QPR man.
    • 79' Cazorla delivers a corner with Gervinho off the field for treatment...
    • 79' QPR change: Shaun Wright-Phillips trots off, and is replaced by Jamie Mackie.
    • 78' WHAT A CHANCE FOR CAZORLA!! Walcott's superb ball in from the right is partially cleared by Mbia, but only as far as Cazorla who lashes the ball over from 10 yards. That was a gift.
    • 77' Santi Cazorla goes down in instalments at the edge of the box. He says he was fouled, but referee Taylor disagrees.
    • 75' Still not a great deal of urgency in attack from Arsenal. Completely lacking their usual zip and zing.
    • 74' Changes for QPR: Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha on for Bobby Zamora and Armand Traore.
    • 73' And another Infostrada special: If Arsenal fail to score today they will have failed to find the next in four of their nine PL matches this season. In total they failed to score in five PL matches in the whole of last season.
    • 72' Infostrada put me in my place: Lukas Podolski has been substituted off in all eight previous PL matches this season – more than any other PL player.
    • 71' Podolski is the man to make way for Gervinho. Not his best game, but still surprising to see him go off.
    • 70' For once, Arsenal have plenty of bodies in the QPR box (four) but Santos crosses poorly from the left.
    • 69' Arsene Wenger getting ready to bring Gervinho on. Possibly for Giroud, who has been quiet.
    • 68' Cazorla spots Santos making a forward run down the left... Wright-Phillips makes a vital intervention. Possibly a slightly high foot, but he has to go for the ball, doesn't he?
    • 67' Off goes Wilshere to a tremendous ovation, and he is replaced by Theo Walcott. Which, I would suggest, makes Arsenal easier for their own fans to boo.
    • 66' Wright-Phillips, who has been lively, collects Bosingwa's ball but sees his shot blocked at source.
    • 65' Wright-Phillips crosses from the right towards Zamora but Vermaelen is there with a big challenge to deny him.
    • 64' Traore is finally back on after a lengthy spell of treatment.
    • 64' It has been a bit dry here, but there have been goals elsehwere in the Premier League including a couple of stonkers at Reading. Premier League: All the goals
    • 63' Andre Santos crosses deep for Ramsey, whose header flashes over.
    • 62' Giroud has been booked, Traore limps off the pitch and we continue.
    • 61' Giroud slides through Traore as they chase down the QPR left. It was clumsy but not malicious. Traore making a right meal of this.
    • 60' Finally the free-kick is taken by Giroud after a long pause... another poor effort. Low into the wall.
    • 58' Another Arsenal free-kick just outside the box and it's Granero again! He gets a final warning from Anthony Taylor.
    • 57' Cazorla drives the free-kick low, and it hits the wall. Disappointing effort from the Spaniard.
    • 55' Finally Granero is booked for another clumsy challenge on Wilshere. And the free-kick is within shooting range.
    • 54' QPR have the ball in the net but it won't count! Lovely football - Granero scoops the ball over the top for Hoilett who lifts it over Mannone, but the forward is rightly flagged offside.
    • 53' Have some of that... Arteta has a nibble at Granero, possibly payback for those challenges on Wilshere and Santos.
    • 52' At the other end, Hoilett pokes the ball through to Zamora before he is taken out... and it's an offside against Zamora.
    • 51' The free-kick is swung into the box for Mertesacker whose glancing header is pushed away by Julio Cesar! Good save!
    • 51' Santos beats Granero who brings him down with a cynical challenge. Surprisingly, Anthony Taylor does not show a yellow card.
    • 50' Hoilett surges down the right flank but is flagged offside as he sprints onto the ball.
    • 49' Oh lord, Wilshere is down. He got a kick on the top of the left foot from Granero... he's back on his feet and looks like he will be OK. But nervous moment here.
    • 48' Podolski pokes the ball through to Ramsey who drives to the edge of the box, but the Welshman is crowded out.
    • 47' Wilshere spreads the ball right to Sagna who crosses pacily... QPR deal with it.
    • 46' QPR kick off the second half. No personnel changes from either side.
    • 45' The half-time whistle blows, and there is a small smattering of jeers as Arsenal go off. I suspect if Wilshere were not playing the boos might have been louder. Still no goal for the Gunners. Back in a few minutes.
    • 45+1' One minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 45' Patient build-up from Arsenal - Wilshere wide for Santos on the left, and the Brazilian cuts inside to fire a low right-foot shot. Julio Cesar holds on and he has to, with Giroud lurking to poach any rebound.
    • 44' Wilshere goes down and gets a clonk on the head from a QPR player on the way through. It was Granero's boot, but it certainly looked accidental.
    • 43' QPR are playing the ball around quite comfortably. This is the best I have seen them play for a while.
    • 42' Crunching challenge on Wilshere by Nelsen... the Arsenal number 10 is OK...
    • 41' Santos crosses from the left, and both Podolski and Giroud fail to make contact! Arsenal looking very anxious in front of goal.
    • 40' The corner is played to Traore who attemps a shot from 35 yards out, and Wilshere blocks.
    • 39' Hoilett does well to win a corner off Vermaelen - Granero to deliver.
    • 38' Wilshere makes a great, driving one to the edge of the box. Arsenal get crowded out in the end, but it's good from Wilshere.
    • 36' The free-kick comes back off the wall and comes to Sagna on the right... another good cross, but nobody there to send the ball goalwards.
    • 35' Arsenal free-kick 25 yards out, right of centre. Podolski fancies a crack at this one.
    • 34' Taarabt barrels into Wilshere but there's no foul, says Anthony Taylor. Cue booing.
    • 33' Great crossfield ball from Taarabt to find Bosingwa on the right... but the ex-Chelsea man gives the ball away with an abysmal challenge.
    • 32' Julio Cesar faffs unforgivably and gives the ball away... crossed deep from the Arsenal left and Traore plucks it out of the air with a brilliant (but risky) piece of skill.
    • 31' It has been pretty flaccid stuff from Arsenal so far. Hard to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with them, but they do look short of energy.
    • 29' Giroud has a crack from a tight angle on the left. Julio Cesar cannot hold it again, but again he scrambles to gather the ball at the second attempt.
    • 28' Fashion news: Arsene Wenger's big puffer jacket has had an upgrade. It's now black, and looks slightly puffier than before.
    • 27' It is over 210 minutes since Arsenal last scored a goal - thing could get restless pretty quickly if the Gunners do not create anything more concrete.
    • 26' Granero is fouled for a QPR free-kick... swung into the box where Nelsen can only get a faint touch and Arsenal clear.
    • 25' Santos loses out to SWP but recovers to tackle the winger. Andre Santos was particularly dreadful against Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.
    • 24' That's semi-decent from QPR - a ball inside from the right to Shaun Wright-Phillips who snatches at his shot and sends it wide.
    • 22' Taarabt pokes a through ball for Zamora, who is flagged offside.
    • 21' QPR have a rare foray forward in the shape of several attacking throws on the right... but the eventual cross is never likely to result in a goal.
    • 19' Jack Wilshere has a crack at goal and snaps three metatarsals in the act of shooting. Just kidding... Julio Cesar makes a bit of a meal of the save, but gets there in the end.
    • 19' Cazorla releases Podolski down the left but his low cross is a stinker.
    • 18' Giroud tries to cross low and Mbia blocks it... Giroud tries again and the ball rolls through to Julio Cesar.
    • 17' Ah! Arsenal up to 77% possession.
    • 16' Ramsey tries to go down a blind alley then lays the ball off to Sagna who heads for the same blind alley.
    • 14' Vito Mannone appears to be wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt over a long-sleeved t-shirt over an even longer t-shirt.
    • 13' Arsenal have had 71% possession so far. Honestly, I'm surprised it's as little as that.
    • 12' Podolski hits a low left-foot shot through two pairs of QPR legs but it bobbles harmlessly wide.
    • 11' Oh, he's an annoying player Andre Santos. He takes two touches too many in every single situation. Get on with it, man!
    • 10' Crossbar! Sagna delivers a gorgeous cross from the right, Ramsey gets a glancing header on it and the ball clips the top of the bar on its way over!
    • 9' Andre Santos crosses low from the left and Julio Cesar spills it! But he reacts quickly to knock the ball away from Giroud!
    • 8' Lots of early possession for Arsenal, as you'd expect.
    • 7' There are only three English players combined in the starting line ups today – the fewest in a London derby in 11 months, since there were also only three in the Arsenal-Fulham match in November 2011.
    • 5' Meanwhile Tony Fernandes looks mean and moody. Come six o'clock tonight, he will probably be pledging his full support to Mark Hughes again.
    • 4' Arsenal chief exec Ivan Gazidis is in the crowd and looks in good spirits. He took a fearful battering from disgruntled fans at this week's club AGM.
    • 3' Cazorla drives through the middle on the ball, but he takes an uncharacteristic all heavy touch and gives it away.
    • 2' Sagna crosses low from the right, but he does so on the stretch and Ryan Nelsen clears. Nelsen looking extremely grey-haired these days.
    • 1' Massive applause greets Jack Wilshere's first touch in his first competitive game since June 2011.
    • 1' Off we go! Arsenal kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. Both sides playing in their home kit.
    • 14:55 Match odds from William Hill - Arsenal 2/5, QPR 7/1, Draw 7/2. What do you reckon? Tweet away...
    • 14:50 Your match commentator today will be Alex Chick, he will take over just before kick-off. You can contact him with any predictions, questions or comments on Twitter @alexchick81. Be nice. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:45 FACTS: These are two of the off-form teams in the division. Mark Hughes has lost all five of the Premier League games as coach away from home against Arsenal. Arsenal have won just one of their last six Premier League games at the Emirates (W1 D3 L2). QPR have gone 20 Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet. Rangers have lost 14 and won none of their last 17 Premier League away games, picking up just three points from the last 51 on offer (Opta)
    • 14:40 FACTS: The last time that QPR won away at Arsenal was the famous day John Jensen scored his only goal for the Gunners 31st December 1994. After that victory over the Gunners, QPR beat Wimbledon in March 1995, but have since won none of their 12 top-flight London derbies away from home (D2 L10), including losing all four last season (Opta)
    • 14:35 Park Ji-sung (knee) does not make the team after failing to train all week. Both Fabio (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are still out, but Traore and Nelsen recover from knocks to start. Rob Green remains on the bench with Cesar still in goal.
    • 14:35 Great news for Arsenal fans as Wilshere and Sagna return to the starting XI after long injury lay-offs, over a year for poor Jack. That should steady the ship, although Andre Santos starts at left back despite his 3/10 performance against Schalke. Surely you'd start Koscielny at centre-back and move Vermaelen left? Gervinho drops to the bench with Giroud back as the main striker, while Walcott makes a welcome return to the bench. Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) is out, as is Gibbs (thigh)
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud; Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Walcott, Arshavin, Gervinho /// QPR: Cesar, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Hoilett, Zamora; Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Onuoha, Mackie, Ephraim, Faurlin
    • 14:25 Mark Hughes: “They’re a very, very good team. They’re at home and we expect them to come out firing in front of their own fans. We’ll go there with belief that we can compete with any team in the Premier League. We’ve shown that. We know we can go to the top sides and make a game of it. We’ll try and cause an upset. We were pleased with our performance, if not the result, against Everton."
    • 14:20 Arsene Wenger: "We cannot complain over the defeat. We faced Schalke and on the day [they] deserved it a fraction more. The regret we have is [we] could have played a 0-0. A point would have been good considering our performance last night. We are still in a strong position in the Champions League, what is important for us now is to bounce back and have a good result in the Premier League.”
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of an all-London Premier League clash between a stalling Arsenal side and a rock-bottom QPR, at the Emirates, kicking off at 3pm.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' QPR free-kick right on the left corner of the box, Granero to take.... Mannone tips it wide to the left. It clipped the outside of the net on the way through, bringing mistaken goal celebrations from the visiting fans.
    • 90+2' What a run by Mackie! He runs directly at goal, beating three players, but Mannone saves from close range! Suddenly QPR are all over the Gunners.
    • 90' Chance for Granero!! Taarabt finds him with a brilliant through ball, but he slips as he shoots and drags it wide of Mannone's goal.
    • 89' Another fine save from Julio Cesar, this time from Santi Cazorla! What a second half the QPR keeper has had.
    • 87' Another good save from Julio Cesar, diving low to his right to push away Ramsey's powerful strike.
    • 84' GOAL!! At last for Arsenal! Arshavin's cross is headed goalwards by Giroud, Julio Cesar saves, Arteta heads against the bar then slams home the rebound from close range! Bizarre goal, but Arsenal will take it!
    • 82' WHAT A SAVE JULIO CESAR!! An Arsenal corner ricochets around the box - an attempted clearance hits Onuoha and spins towards the corner, but Julio Cesar makes a brilliant reflex save!
    • 80' RED CARD!! Madness from Stephane Mbia!! He is fouled by Vermaelen, is awarded the free-kick, but then lashes out while on the ground, kicking Vermaelen! An obvious red, utter stupidity from the QPR man.
    • 78' WHAT A CHANCE FOR CAZORLA!! Walcott's superb ball in from the right is partially cleared by Mbia, but only as far as Cazorla who lashes the ball over from 10 yards. That was a gift.
    • 54' QPR have the ball in the net but it won't count! Lovely football - Granero scoops the ball over the top for Hoilett who lifts it over Mannone, but the forward is rightly flagged offside.
    • 51' The free-kick is swung into the box for Mertesacker whose glancing header is pushed away by Julio Cesar! Good save!
    • 45' Patient build-up from Arsenal - Wilshere wide for Santos on the left, and the Brazilian cuts inside to fire a low right-foot shot. Julio Cesar holds on and he has to, with Giroud lurking to poach any rebound.
    • 29' Giroud has a crack from a tight angle on the left. Julio Cesar cannot hold it again, but again he scrambles to gather the ball at the second attempt.
    • 10' Crossbar! Sagna delivers a gorgeous cross from the right, Ramsey gets a glancing header on it and the ball clips the top of the bar on its way over!
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud; Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Walcott, Arshavin, Gervinho /// QPR: Cesar, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Hoilett, Zamora; Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Onuoha, Mackie, Ephraim, Faurlin
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