Arsenal ran out not-so-comfortable 2-1 winners against QPR on Wednesday night.
Despite not bothering to turn up for the first 30 minutes to give the R’s a chance, Arsenal upped their game not long after they lost Gabriel to a hamstring problem.
He’s Arsenal through and through.
In truth, the first half is hardly worth a mention as Arsenal struggled to find their rhythm and the referee allowed QPR to play a niggly game that no doubt disrupted things further.
It was in the second half when the Gunners really stepped things up but they still managed to make the fans crap themselves for the final ten minutes of the game by taking a two-goal lead, looking like they’d walk to a three or four-nil win and then conceding.
Olivier Giroud had given Arsenal the lead not long past the hour mark after some great work from Mesut Ozil found Kieran Gibbs whose cross (I think it was a cross) somehow found it’s way to Giroud who slotted home his fifth in five.
From that point Arsenal grew in confidence and it was only a matter of time before a second came.
Five minutes later Alexis Sanchez struck.
Missing a far easier chance earlier, the Chilean ended his mini goal-drought with a quite magnificent effort.
Beating his man well inside the box he somehow drilled a low effort through the gap at Robert Green’s near post that was just big enough to allow the ball through. Youtube it, no words are doing it justice.
From there it seemed like a formality that Arsenal would be leaving with all the points but, of course, this is Arsenal.
Failing to close Charlie Austin down on the edge of the box, the QPR frontman, was allowed to shoot. Quite what way David Ospina decided to dive at the ball will probably forever remain a mystery but, no matter how well Austin hit it, you have to wonder if a better technique than the ‘upstream salmon‘ would get a lot closer to the ball.
Set for a nervy final eight minutes plus four of injury time, Arsenal kept QPR out quite effectively which made a nice change.
It was an odd game.
Dull as a night out with Michael Owen in the first half, Arsenal could have had a hatful in the second and should have had a penalty when Ozil was clearly tugged back by the arm when about to slot home. The nailed-on red card offence was waved away.
The score was 0-0 at the time.
As it was, Arsenal managed to do enough to take the points, but not without trolling us all a little first.
Typical win, really.