Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Arsenal
Last Updated: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:35
QPR ended Arsenal's winning run with an invaluable 2-1 victory over Arsene Wenger's men at Loftus Road.
The home side started the game brightly, while Arsenal uncharacteristically gave the ball away time and time again.
Bobby Zamora was busy up front for the home side and had a great chance to open the scoring early on but headed over when unmarked.
The Hoops deservedly took the lead in the 22nd minute. Arsenal were caught in possession and Adel Taarabt ran goalwards, showed strength and quick feet to beat Thomas Vermaelen, and slotted a low shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal were rocking but they were level 15 minutes later, somewhat against the run of play. Robin van Persie, who had been kept very quiet by QPR, found Theo Walcott in the area and he hit a low effort which hit the post, rebounded back to the England striker and he stroked the ball into the back of the net.
Aaron Ramsey drilled a shot just wide from 20 yards but it was QPR who ended the half stronger with Arsenal again guilty of gifting possession to their opponents.
Arsenal went close to taking the lead after the break, Kieran Gibbs hit an effort narrowly wide while Paddy Kenny denied Van Persie twice and it seemed only a matter of time before the Gunners went ahead.
However, it was QPR who grabbed the initiative in the 66th minute. Vermaelen slipped on the edge of the area to allow Jamie Mackie to find Samba Diakite and he guided the ball past Szczesny.
Arsenal stepped up the pressure but QPR were strong at the back and held on to boost their battle against relegation, while the Gunners lose ground in their fight to finish third.