Arsenal v QPR review – SMFH – LMFAO – and PHEW!

I really do not know which way to go on the latest Arsenal performance, because there were so many contradictory things to take from the Premier League home game against QPR. The Gunners did a fantastic job in many ways, by absolutely taking Harry Redknapp and his players to the cleaners.

The performance and the way that Arsenal and particularly Alexis Sanchez gave the visitors a lesson in football was an example of the best of the Gunners. It was footballing genius and I think that Tomas Rosicky, drafted in because of the injury nightmare keeping Ramsey, Wilhere, Arteta and the Ox out of the match day squad, deserves a huge round of applause for his contribution.

But as well as we did and for all the chances we created, Arsenal made hard work of this game. Alexis was amazing but his attempt to score from the penalty spot was so bad that it should mean that the Chile international never takes another. He was fantastic though and did win the penalty, scored the opener and made our second, so I will forgive him that weak penalty.

Giroud, on the other hand, is a lot harder to forgive for his petulant and stupid reaction that saw us have to struggle to the end of the game with 10 men. But it was our failure to fully capitalise on the amazingly one sided game that really struck me.

Wer should have been at least four goals up and the Gunners still looked like we had more men than QPR ater Giroud’s red but the fact is we made it a horrible and nervy finish and it should never have happened.

What should have been the perfect tonic to our recent woes turned out to raise a lot more questions and give us more problems to deal with. How typical of our season so far!

Tags Alexis Giroud Rosicky

124 Comments

  1. muffdiver says:

    Alexis Sanchez beats QPR

    1. medvet says:

      with Mozart

      1. Brianu says:

        still shocked wenger doesnt rotate,oh well lets focus on the win

        1. Wazzzimbo says:

          Gutted Debuchy robbed me of a phone and shirt :'( Talk about doing it the hard way… MOTD will be interesting. Who said Friday fixtures was a bad idea? 2 CS in the 10 games, mental. Sanchez saves Arsenal and saves me from getting knocked out of the FPL cup haha!

        2. medvet says:

          for me, rosicky >>>> flamini + welbeck + mertesacker…. with his 34 years has more balls and talent that many others players in the team right now…..

          1. muffdiver says:

            im confused ..are u implying rosicky has more than two testicles?

            1. medvet says:

              hahahahahaha, who knows….. hahahaha

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Please, I’m too young to die of heart attack!!!!

      1. davidnz says:

        Never in doubt πŸ™‚
        Treble is still on.
        Sanchez the savior
        Wenger will rest Sanchez now.
        Until Sunday πŸ™‚
        Welcome back Thomas.
        Giroud just following the managers
        example v Mourinho πŸ™‚
        “Wazzzimbo” wins the
        Huawei smart phone.

        1. muffdiver says:

          why are u so obsessed with huawei phone an who it goes to? uv mention it all day

          santa ignored u again davy?

          its ok, you can buy toy story one from toys r us..pretend its real!

          1. davidnz says:

            Well who wins the phone is more
            interesting than the nutty football
            we are playing πŸ™‚

    3. muda says:

      Welbeck belongs to bench in my opinion. #3points though

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Yeah, Welbeck to the bench.

        1. rlowgunner says:

          Podolski to take hes place for a while would be nice for a change

  2. Mick The Gooner says:

    Giroud got away with one there…

    1. muffdiver says:

      he gets to avoid playing against 3 tough teams, west ham southampton an stoke. where he will undoubtedly go missing

      giroud is a smart guy.

      1. medvet says:

        hahahahhahahahaha…. hilarious

      2. KickAssFan says:

        @Muff, true Diroud does have a way of vanishing unannounced, but at the moment I’d pick him over Welbeck.

        1. mohawk says:

          I never like to criticize the top goal scorer. And that is what Giroud has been for Arsenal, like it or not.

          But Arsenal played BETTER with 10 men and without Giroud – at least in this game. That is not a good sign for Giroud’s future. But Wenger will easily shrug it off – he is just too in love with Giroud.

  3. juhislihis says:

    F*ck you donkey kong, you are pathetic (Giroud).

    And f*ck you too referee, you were a disgrace.

    1. muffdiver says:

      whoa whoa- dont diss donkey kong man!!

      ninetendo characters r off limits!

      1. juhislihis says:

        Haha, true!

        Donkey Lampost it is then!

        Rosicky and Sanchez were immense, although Sanchez should pass way more often.

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Sorry, pal, I think the ref was decent

      1. muffdiver says:

        i also think the ref is a decent human being
        he has the kind eyes of a dalmatian

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Lol!

      2. jaweant says:

        If that guy hadn’t flopped and stood up like a man. It would of been a yellow. They both should have gotten a yellow.

  4. KickAssFan says:

    F***k off!!! Three sweet points for me soul!!!

  5. Greg says:

    Sanchez was amazing! What would we do without him! Coyg!

    1. muffdiver says:

      back where we belong!!!….6th

    2. mohawk says:

      Sadly, he is not even as good as he could be. Despite his excellence and quality he makes sometimes mistakes and dwells on the ball too long only because he is getting little helpe and feels so much pressure to do it all.

      If Sanchez had some more help he would be even better. Maybe Ozil and Walcott can help.

      1. karonito says:

        Sanchez just keeps losing the ball,I mean he loses the ball too often and he tries to do too much with the ball instead of making a decent pass,when it works out it is quality but when it doesn’t it just disgusts me,I am not taking anything from his performance today,but he is our best player on the pitch,its high time he started acting like it…and Rosicky for MOTM

  6. vish says:

    Sanchez saves us again. He plays like 2 players. Welbeck didnt play so Sanchez actually played like 3.
    and doesnt wenger know when to substitute?

    1. juhislihis says:

      We actually played better with 10 men.

      With Giroud or without = 10 men. Although Welbeck and Flamini were there too.. Mind as well played with 8 players.

      1. mohawk says:

        Exactly my thoughts as I watched the game after his ejection.

  7. Greg says:

    Whew! My fingernails just got shorter!

  8. GOONSTER says:

    Heart problems I have developed watching Arsenal for the past 9 seasons..

  9. GOONSTER says:

    What the hell was Giroud doing? smh

    1. muffdiver says:

      resting his head on the qpr players warm body.
      isnt it obvious
      french affection is so misunderstood
      poor zidane knows the feeling

  10. nyc says:

    Giroud should be fined heavily and his wages distributed among rest of the team for being the most stupidest man on earth today. I hope Wenger gives him a stern lesson afterwards. He is now banned for west ham Southampton and stoke games and almost cost us this one too. Other than that we were quite comfortable before his stupid act happened. The whole team was brilliant minus giroud.

    1. vijaygunner says:

      he’ll serve his 3rd match ban against hull(FA cup) so he’ll be available for the stoke game.

  11. GOONSTER says:

    Cazorla and Rosicky were superb wow… And Sanchez was brilliant too, but he needs to work on his passing and learn when to hold on or pass the ball, he is still missing that pass..

  12. Invincibles49 says:

    If it was not for our Defense , we would be a very boring club πŸ˜‰

  13. Matt says:

    Every fan feels their team are victimised by refs however Arsenal actually are, that’s the thing, refs do not like us.

  14. Brada b says:

    #IN17WETRUST 1goal 1assist!! & #fack #AW! !

  15. Greg says:

    Penalty wasnt good in the first place! Ref got it wrong debuchy wasnt in the wrong!

  16. jt says:

    Good result today, average performance tbh. mozart was born to play for our club, I think he’s my favourite arsenal player after henry. would like to see coquelin get more game time, he seems quite tenacious and I still remember the game he was having before he got injured at chelsea couple seasons back, looks promising

  17. Matt says:

    Have to say, Flamini is a trooper, but he’s shit, haha.

  18. ONE GOOD THING ABOUT GIROU SENDING OFF..WELBECK MAIN STRIKER

    1. GOONSTER says:

      Welbeck is average.. Is he even a striker? When was the last time he scored a goal for us? The guy never looks like scoring..

    2. RSH says:

      what a load of crap. Giroud is a better striker than Welbeck and was in great form. Its a shame he’s an idiot though. Welbeck is useless upfront and now we’re going to struggle again I feel.

    3. fullmetalalc says:

      To be honest at present, even Giroud is more of a goal threat than Welbeck and that’s saying something. He needs serious work if he wants to retain and deserve a starting 11 spot. And I think its time we give Coquelin gets a go ahead of Flamini. What exactly does he do half of the games? He’s very poor and inconsistent to be a squad player let alone starting in games.

  19. John Legend says:

    Arsenal in their usual self, making things more difficult for themselves.

    Arsene knows best indeed! …..SMH

    1. ras911 says:

      I rarely thumb down but i just thumbed you down. What has Wenger done wrong again? Did we not win? Did we not play great football until Giroud wenr stupid? Did we not defend well and kept the lead? So explain your comment to me if you don’t mind.

      1. Invincibles49 says:

        Well Wenger did not do anything wrong. But he does not do anything right either. He is just there in the club eating bananas worth 7 mil a year.

        1. almostawinner says:

          actually today’s game showed up wenger’s philosophy of sticking with the same XI whenever possible: rosizscky needs totally to be played more. esp with these twice-a-week games. also: like another commenter, i also wonder if roz would be better than flam at DM [i know its a waste to put him there, but what can u do when ur manager has twice as many attackers as defenders in the squad?]

          1. jonestown1 says:

            Yes and Mourinho is being shown up as well by not rotating his players – very naive. You simply have to endlessly rotate to have a chance of winning anything. It is far better to play lesser or out of form players who are fresh and eager than keep playing your best X1 available. Not really sure what Wenger is playing at.

      2. SA_Gunner says:

        We are shit. The cracks will show up at west ham.

  20. haywill says:

    christmas miracle!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    we won!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    finally πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. haywill says:

      and flamini was the motm!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      1. muffdiver says:

        its amazing isnt it!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        flamini against the worst sides in the league is good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        against any other team he is crap :):)
        YAAAY πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        1. jermaineBryan says:

          He was also the best on the pitch vs chelsea

  21. ras911 says:

    I died and came back to life! JESUS!!!! F#CK you Giroud for giving me heart problems at this age! Still great performance by the boys and good defending! COYG!!! Now lets watch AOBs find a way to blame Wenger for our narrow victory πŸ˜€

  22. R3iGN 95 says:

    I could’ve sworn I had more hair when I started watching the game!

  23. Bpaix says:

    Welbeck is so poor the last 2 months. we need walcott back on the wing asap.

    1. muffdiver says:

      its not the winning , its the taking part that counts…said welbecks mum

      1. juhislihis says:

        He’s taken part for the last 5 years.. How he is still playing is beyond me.

        I’m going to say it out loud: waste of money..

        1. muffdiver says:

          16 million pound would buy u a slide that goes directly from your bedroom window into beyonce’s v*gina

          1. juhislihis says:

            That all for 16 millions? HOLY COW

            Now that’s what I call diving to muff!

          2. jermaineBryan says:

            Can some one lend me 16m lol

  24. Greg says:

    Sanchez my MOTM without a doubt! Coyg!

  25. NIKK says:

    Watchin Arsenal is getting an expensive business…drinking before and after, it all adds up.
    Wish i had a Β£8m year job!

  26. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Having only one fit cb is obviously impacting the shape and confidence of the whole team. Wenger needs to hold his hands up for not buying anyone.

    Sending on Coq and Chambers to shore up a defence at home against QPR is a joke. While we won, this is definitely a low.

    1. muffdiver says:

      ahhh come on, there always space for a new low!!

      arsenal is the girl with low self esteem – that everyone thinks they can pull if they tell her shes fit

  27. Matt says:

    We need to put absolutely EVERYTHING into beating West Ham on Sunday. We need Chelski to beat Southampton and a United and Spurs draw or (I hate to say it) maybe even a Spurs win and it’ll be a good Christmas.

    1. muffdiver says:

      *optimism baloon pops , little girl cries

  28. SoOpa AeoN says:

    :::::FACTS TO TAKE HOME WITH:::::

    (1) Arsenal matches are sure gonna make u sit on d edge of ur seats sweating.

    (2) Most Arsenal bench warmers are impact players. E.g rosicky , poldi etc

    (3) We continue to suffer cuz of our defence.

    (4) Wenger will never make a sub until its past 80mins or the player gets injured.

  29. kanaka says:

    Not even fussed anymore about this season. Holding on against QPR at the Emirates.

    Diabolical.

  30. gmv8 says:

    Giroud and Wenger were to blame for struggling at home against a bottom of the league side. This is laughable. Why did Wenger replace attackers with defenders when we’d lost an attacker? Our defence is a lot worse than our attack, so by doing this we were not able to get forward, anyone who did was stranded with no support, and we also invited them in to attack with no worry of having their goal threatened. Wengers tactics were entirely to blame for the amount of pressure. It was entirely different to the Anderlecht game where we were bombing forward leaving the back open, our defensive structure was not altered by the sending off. If you offer no attack, and invite the opposition to attack – surely there is more chance of losing, especially with our current defence!

  31. Wayne Barker says:

    Can we sell Giroud pls

    1. muffdiver says:

      *celia makes her way to sotheby’s

      1. Wayne Barker says:

        Couldnt understand a thing you posted. If you think Giroud should not be sold then let us be happy competing for top 4

  32. TioMoses says:

    Good points and bad points from this game:
    Good:
    – 3 points. Not the best performance, but we held on and took care of business
    – Rosicky looked sharp in his return to the team. He links up very well with Cazorla, and what I like most about him is how direct he is. He make sour attack a bit quicker because he’s always looking to go forward.
    – Debuchy is a good addition to our team. Back in his natural RB position, he had a good day at the office (was unlucky to concede a pen that shouldn’t have been), but veyr pleased he is back healthy now.
    – Sanchez continues to play like a BEAST.
    – No reported injuries in this game, makes a nice change for us!

    Not so good points:
    – What was Giroud thinking???? Wasn’t even that bad of a challenge, but he reacted foolishly and will now miss the next 3 games. Would’ve looked even more stupid if his team-mates hadn’t gone out and got the win without him.
    – I don’t know about you guys, but Welbeck has looked a bit out of sorts lately. Maybe it’s adapting to a new wide role, but for me, he hasn’t been on top of his game lately. Maybe he just needs a rest.

    1. HA559 says:

      Well Giroud doesn’t want to go into the fashion world after football with scars does he now.

    2. Wayne Barker says:

      I still think Welbeck is a better player than Giroud ( LOL what a shame Manchester United 4th choice striker is better than our number 1) but I think Wenger bought the wrong striker from United. It would have been really good had we bought Hernandez. A perfect Goal poacher and he would have continued his good run to score against Chelsea.

      1. almostawinner says:

        upside is welbeck will get 3 games at CF.
        he started well there at start of season, so i expect he will come up good for us for the next 3 games. giroud is stupid as well as clumsy. not arsenal first XI material.

    3. Jim A says:

      Is everone here bonkers? OG was hit from behind with a blatant shove. Those are the type of actions that could have a player leave with serious injuries. Hi head almost hit the keepers knee. Why as whistle wasn’t blown right there I beyond me. That was so dirty. The ref blew that one in a big way.
      Should he reacted that way no but the wrong player was shown a red.

  33. Big Gun says:

    Sanchez, Cazorla and Rosicky played extremely well. Gibbs also put in a decent shift. Welbeck needs to be more selfish and have a shot every now and then but he holds and keeps the ball well. Perhaps Titi to come home and give him some pointers like he did with Walcott. Chambers no good at RB, gets beaten time and again from quicker wingers. When will Wenger learn this? Keep Debuchy RB and play Chambers central. When Kossie comes back, bench Mertesacker and play him alongside Chambers. Then I’d say our defense will be as solid as possible for the time being.

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      With Giroud suspended and Ox injured. Does that mean a front 3 or Alexis, Welbeck and Walcott against West Ham?

      1. almostawinner says:

        wow – that would be an awfully fast front line.

  34. younggunner says:

    Good game from mozart,u culd just feel his hunger and desire! Good game Sanchez and Cazorla,

    Welbeck isn’t contributing to attacks tho,he is just 1 more body on d field,

    If Fer turned debuchy nd chambers inside out like dat,wonder wot d likes of hazard,di maria etc wuld do to them both

    In all,good win! Happy xmas gunners!

  35. HA559 says:

    Chambers is so poor at Rb he gets beaten by any winger every single time. He also lets you put the crosses in.

  36. nyc says:

    Next game against west ham is the last game before the transfer window opens. Man we need a CB and dmf.

    1. muffdiver says:

      alex song and winston reid perhaps?

  37. NIKK says:

    Wenger is genius…unleased Rosciky at the right time…double his salary, his contract and get him a Armani overcoat now Kronke u serial ranch accumulator!

  38. Best of Gunners??????? I want to see the best of Gunners against Man City or the Vincibles or Liverfool, this was QPR and we had to sweat (I mean the Fans) to take these 3 points….Truth is we should’ve been 4 – 0 against a terrible QPR BUT ONLY IF WE HAD GOOD STRIKERS with the DONKEY and WIDEBECK no way…ROSICKY and CAZORLA that is the winning key.

  39. Wayne Barker says:

    City United and Chelsea are playing demolition boys and we are crying to beat a QPR at home. Yeah but we should not complain as everything is great.

  40. muffdiver says:

    are football is just beautiful.

    its boobie milk freshly squeezed from your mothers teet

    1. NIKK says:

      Very Nourishing and uplifting especially if your salary is Β£8m a year too!

  41. antonioro says:

    The lampost Giroud need to be sold ASAP.He has no contribution in the team,just a break for the attack-enough is enough,sell him!Chambers doesn’t justify the big money spent on him,he’s just average player,a boulevard for all the wingers in the league

    1. GOONSTER says:

      Has no contribution? Who has score goals since coming back from injuries? Welbeck? Sanogo?

      1. medvet says:

        sanchez maybe?….

  42. ruelando says:

    Season greetings to the arsenal family, the team actually played well even going down to 10 men. Giroud most face some serious punishment for getting that ridiculous red card , let him donate his pay to some good charity or even let him clean the showers. I think he should have apologise to fans over the intercom before the fans left the stadium.

    Sanchez made some poor choices but was awesome at the same time, welbeck needs to learnt to get into better positions to suit his ability, but i still like the sanchez, giroud and welbeck attack it creates a lot of space for others. Cazorla was quietly awesome too. Rosicky i do not have to say anything about, he plays as how we the fans expect him to, so a marvelous player (if only we could take back 10 years off his age)

    Well off to sunday

  43. GOONSTER says:

    And please wenger don’t ever play Chambers on at RB, he came on again and got skinned, his body positioning is terrible, he is easily turned.

  44. HA559 says:

    Even with 10 men we should have been 3 up. Either by another penalty (foul on Mertesacker) or another Sanchez chance, then a Welbekc chance similar to the one Sanchez had couple minuted before. Then another one where instead of cutting back to Cazorla( I think) Sanchez looks one way then gives a ball to Rosicky who was running towards the byline behind him.

  45. HA559 says:

    Whatever you say about Flamini, atleast he shows some kind of leadership skills for us. He also cleared of the line in this game vs QPR as well. The problem is Flamini, instead of trying to stay in the DMF position, he easily gets dragged to wide areas. leaving his original position uncovered. Today Cazorla helped him out as well. I think Giroud then Welebck were the worst players today.

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      what leadership? clueless pointing and shouting, you call that leadership ….

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        Yes, thats leadership. Shouting and commanding is part of that, but to be a good one, you need to be a good player your self, and not a burden to others. Cant blame him though, when he was at his best, he was nothing more then a bench player at Arsenal, and nowdays he is a starter at Arsenal bec of Wenger refusing to bring us a new guy.

        1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

          Here we are, at the end he is not a leader

  46. Mick The Gooner says:

    Still no clean sheet for Szczesny. It’s been so long now. We’ve won games but we always concede.

  47. georgie b says:

    I feel privledged to watch Tomas Rosicky.

    I understand being sent off and missing next game but 3 games i think is too much.

  48. Alusine says:

    Off topic is it true that Arsenal will go for Cavani someone respon please cuz didn’t see it on Arsenal.com just want to make sure that the information is true.

    1. fred cowardly says:

      I hope so. We desperately need a world class striker. City has Aguero, Chelsea has Costa, United has RVP and Falcao.

  49. Ks-Gunner says:

    Rosicky plays the Arsenal way. What a player. Wenger should use him a lot more!

    1. rlowgunner says:

      I believe due to the amount of competitions we are in that wenger could be trying to avoid overplaying key players but at the same time adapting new members to the team so they can gel.

      I would like to think its true so we can see more of rosicky podolski and cambell walcott in the coming days/weeks.

      Pray for a busy transfer window.

      Coyg

  50. ruelando says:

    For someone who have not have much game time, he surely looked quite good and was following the pace of the game quite easily, rosicky really is a treasure

  51. GoonAR says:

    Nice match Sanchez, Mozart. WTF was Giroud thinking? Nice running around Welbeck… you didn’t do much else. 3 pts in the bag… a nailbiter against *cough* 16th place *cough* QPR. Gunner domination but no final end product.

  52. jbrace4 says:

    In times like this that when we should support all our players and get behind the team to give them the believe they need…Things could be worse, take a look at Dortmund.

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      If you feel contend with the 4th place every season, the players won’t aim any better …

  53. Mick The Gooner says:

    Watching Spurs vs Leicester on MOTD. Saying Spurs were lucky is a massive understatement. Almost miraculous that they won..

  54. Ronny331 says:

    Qpr at home and a nail biter! 3 points I’m delighted with and although we have a number of key players still out we are currently a mid table/Europa league team. The January window can’t open quick enough. #bfgout.

  55. WENGER agreed to buy WIDEBECK to make GIROUD look good, what a pair.

  56. When it comes to WELBECK I am a VGKB…….VAN GAAL KNOWS BEST

  57. Hafiz Rahman says:

    A very bad results….

    Enough is Enough

    Wenger Out!!!!

  58. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Wenger Out he has not got a clue he sat there with a glazed look on his face.
    As for Giroud no brain every player on the team should be allowed to kick he hard in the nut’s.

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