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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,103) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Taylor

Arsenal Arsenal vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Arsenal 1

M Arteta (84)

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QPR 0

S Mbia (S/O 80)

Mikel Arteta's goal gives Arsenal late victory as Stephane Mbia's red card costs QPR

Last Updated: 30/10/12 10:16am

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Mikel Arteta prods home a late winner for Arsenal against Queens Park Rangers

Mikel Arteta prods home a late winner for Arsenal against Queens Park Rangers

Arsenal left it late to lift the air of mutiny among the home support with an unconvincing 1-0 victory over QPR.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: In his first start for Arsenal after a lengthy spell out of action, Jack Wilshere put in a sterling performance. The midfielder made several attacking runs, looked good in tandem with Santi Cazorla for the first time together on the park, and even had a decent shot on goal.
  • Attempt of the match: Aaron Ramsey with a decent header in the tenth minute from Bacary Sagna's cross from the right that hung in the air before hitting the crossbar.
  • Save of the match: Julio Cesar made several fine saves throughout the match, but it was his opposite number, Vito Mannone, who came up with the goods when it mattered. The Gunners shot-stopper did brilliantly to deny Jamie Mackie's close-range shot with his legs in the 92nd minute.
  • Moment of the match: In what can only be described as a brain-explosion, Stephane Mbia received a straight red for lashing out on Gunners skipper Thomas Vermaelen in the 79th minute, the home side scoring the only goal of the game five minutes later.
  • Talking point: The Hoops would've counted themselves lucky not to have been down to ten men earlier in the match with Esteban Granero putting in several reckless challenges for much of the game and having only earned himself a yellow card.

Jack Wilshere's promising return from 17 months out looked likely to count for little until Stephane Mbia's red card invited a late assault which yielded Mikel Arteta's bundled winner (84).

And after a week which brought back-to-back defeats and a barracking for Arsene Wenger and his board at the club's AGM, Arteta's intervention provided a desperately needed morale boost.

It was also enough to keep QPR bottom and without a win, denying Mark Hughes' side a deserved point which their discipline appeared certain to bring until Mbia's rash kick at Thomas Vermaelen left them a man short.

In the chaotic climax that followed Arsenal might have had a handful but for Julio Cesar, while Esteban Granero and Jamie Mackie both missed one-on-one opportunities to rescue the draw.

When the dust settles Wenger will reflect on an afternoon which did little to support his theory that Arsenal can challenge for the title, though there was encouragement in the shape of Wilshere's return.

The England midfielder had been pencilled in for Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie at Reading, and his inclusion had a hint of expediency given Wenger's pressing need for a performance to silence the Emirates' harsher regulars.

The 20-year-old did not disappoint his manager, coming close to a first-half opener with a drop of the shoulder and low 20-yard shot, while Cesar was equally edgy dealing with Olivier Giroud's ambitious drive.

The goalkeeper was beaten altogether by an Aaron Ramsey header, but the midfielder's looping attempt from Bacary Sagna's cross cannoned to safety off the top of the crossbar.

Rangers slowly emerged as an attacking force and, after weathering a fraught second-half spell when Bobby Zamora came close to an own goal and Granero was fortunate to stay on, only a linesman's offside flag denied Junior Hoilett.

Wilshere succumbed to fatigue as Wenger threw on Theo Walcott, and the substitute's right-wing centre broke for Santi Cazorla, who fired wastefully high from the penalty spot.

That appeared that, but Mbia's mindlessness beckoned Arsenal on and when Cesar parried Giroud's header Arteta - loitering in what looked like an offside position - forced in the rebound at the second attempt.

Cazorla and Ramsey threatened to end the argument but it was Rangers who finished the stronger, Granero skewing wide on the stretch and Mackie firing too close to Vito Mannone.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsQueens Park Rangers
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target2
9Shots off Target2
4Blocked Shots2
5Corners2
16Fouls9
1Offsides7
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
88Passing Success77.6
21Tackles21
85.7Tackles Success90.5
66.5Possession33.5
64.9Territorial Advantage35.1
599Total Passes294
31Total Crosses14
134Lost Balls140
59Recoveries52
65.61st Half Poss.34.4
692nd Half Poss.31

ArsenalTeam StatisticsQueens Park Rangers
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target2
9Shots off Target2
4Blocked Shots2
5Corners2
16Fouls9
1Offsides7
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
88Passing Success77.6
21Tackles21
85.7Tackles Success90.5
66.5Possession33.5
64.9Territorial Advantage35.1
599Total Passes294
31Total Crosses14
134Lost Balls140
59Recoveries52
65.61st Half Poss.34.4
692nd Half Poss.31

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 17 42
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Arsenal 17 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 17 23
10 Liverpool 17 22
11 Everton 17 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 17 19
14 Sunderland 17 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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