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Premiership: QPR 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal produced an impressive second-half display to beat QPR in a fourth consecutive Premier League win and consolidate their top-four place.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring, poking home when on the ground after Kieran Gibbs’s shot was blocked.

Alexis Sanchez beat Robert Green at his near post to double Arsenal’s lead.

QPR faded after a strong first-half performance, although they were given late hope by Charlie Austin’s powerful strike with eight minutes left.

Arsenal remain on course for automatic Champions League qualification, sitting one point clear of fourth-placed Manchester United, and three points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.

At the other end of the table, QPR stay three points adrift of safety with games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to come in their remaining 11 matches.

Despite their lowly position, they clearly relished the opportunity to test themselves against Arsene Wenger’s side, and would have been worthy of a half-time lead if Austin had converted one of several attempts on goal.

QPR midfielder Sandro made his first appearance since suffering a medial knee ligament injury in November, and in combination with midfield partner Karl Henry, they gave Arsenal no time on the ball as the home side dominated the first half.

While Arsenal took time to settle, they provided a reminder of their quality when Green kept out Santi Cazorla after a flowing move that saw the Spaniard combine neatly with Giroud.

The Gunners were much the better team after half-time though, and threatened almost immediately, with Mesut Ozil insisting only a foul by Henry had prevented him from converting a Tomas Rosicky cut-back.

Soon after Giroud put Arsenal ahead, they created further chances in quick succession and, having just denied Sanchez, Green was beaten by the Chile forward at his near post from an acute angle.

Contrary to the pattern of the first half, David Ospina was a spectator in the Arsenal goal, and watched on as Green tipped Ozil’s deflected right-foot shot onto the post to keep his side in it.

Austin’s late strike gave QPR hope of a dramatic late equaliser, but the home side failed to build further momentum and Arsenal’s control of possession ensured no further alarms.

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Premiership: Arsenal 2-1 QPR

Arsenal win despite Giroud red card

Arsenal survived the sending-off of striker Olivier Giroud for a reckless headbutt to beat QPR 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium and close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners were in cruise control following Alexis Sanchez’s 10th league goal on 37 minutes, the Chilean having seen a tame early penalty saved.

However, a rush of blood from France striker Giroud at the start of the second half reduced Arsenal to 10 men. The Frenchman charged into Nedum Onuoha, the defender hitting the ground in front of the referee.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, making a first start of the season, swept in a second on the break before Charlie Austin set up a tense finale when he converted a penalty with 11 minutes left.

Unlike at Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal held on under late pressure to move within two points of Southampton and one behind fifth-placed West Ham, whom they play on Sunday.

Arsenal, who had lost only one of their 17 previous Boxing Day Premier League matches, made an electric start and were awarded an early penalty when former Gunners defender Armand Traore tripped Sanchez.

The Chilean held onto the ball, and Santi Cazorla, who scored from the spot here against Newcastle, gave way.

However, Sanchez’s effort lacked any real pace towards the bottom right corner, and Robert Green got down to make the save.

Arsenal’s tempo dropped after the penalty miss, but the home side remained dominant in possession nevertheless as the conditions worsened.

Onuoha looked to have wrestled Danny Welbeck to the ground just inside the QPR penalty area, but this time referee Martin Atkinson was not interested.

Rio Ferdinand, making his first start since October, pulled back former United team-mate Welbeck to concede a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position and was cautioned.

Giroud whipped the ball over the wall, but Green made a smart diving save.

QPR, who had lost all eight of their Premier League away matches so far, continued to defend deep, with six men sitting around the edge of the 18-yard box.

The visitors’ rearguard was, though, breached on 37 minutes.

Cazorla pushed the ball out to Kieran Gibbs on the overlap down the left.

The defender looked up before chipping a cross back through the six-yard box, where no-one had picked up the run of Sanchez as the diminutive Chilean guided a cushioned header into the far corner.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes following a moment of red mist by Giroud.

The France striker was bundled over by Onuoha on the edge of the area as they chased a long ball forwards.

Giroud, incandescent with rage, scrambled to his feet to confront the defender, pushing his forehead into the defender’s face. Onuoha went to ground and the referee, who was right on the spot, reached for his back pocket to brandish a red card.

The Arsenal striker, who will now serve a three-match suspension, knew what was coming and headed straight down the tunnel as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger glared on.

Arsenal looked to respond by continuing their pressure, but QPR had been handed a lifeline and manager Harrry Redknapp made a change on 62 minutes as Karl Henry was replaced by Leroy Fer and Traore by Junior Hoilett.

The Gunners, though, soon doubled their lead.

Sanchez made another penetrating run to the edge of the QPR penalty area, where he played in Rosicky on the overlap and the Czech midfielder dispatched a low, first-time shot past Green.

QPR then grabbed a lifeline with 11 minutes left after Mathieu Debuchy tripped Hoilett just inside the penalty area, with the referee again expertly placed although replays suggested the defender did get a touch on the ball.

Austin made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball down the centre for his 12th goal of an impressive season.

Wenger sent on defender Calum Chambers for the closing stages, replacing Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini bundled a goal-bound effort off the line as the Gunners battled to victory.

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Premiership: QPR 3-2 West Brom

Charlie Austin hat trick seals comeback win for QPR over West Brom

Charlie Austin returned from suspension to steal the show with a hat-trick as QPR recovered from two goals down at home to West Brom to win 3-2 and move out of the Premier League bottom three.

The striker was missing from the defeat at Everton on Monday night but moved on to 11 goals for the season as he hit three to see off a West Brom side which had stunned Loftus Road with a scintillating start.

Harry Redknapp’s side looked like the QPR of old in the opening exchanges, gifting chances and possession to West Brom and operating with no defensive cohesion.

West Brom took full advantage and raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of first Baggies’ goals for both Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela.

But, having given their fellow relegation-candidates a head-start, QPR showed the resolve to keep their chins up and dig themselves out of trouble.

And it was that man Austin who was the hero of the piece once again, first tucking away a penalty three minutes after Varela’s strike, then turning home from close-range early in the second half and heading home an 85th minute winner to lift QPR to 15th in the table.

With no points on the road this season, Redknapp knows survival will come down to results at Loftus Road and his side have now taken a maximum of nine points from a string of home games against Leicester, Burnley and now Alan Irvine’s side.

The visitors were quickly out of the traps and took advantage of a sluggish opening 20 minutes for QPR, deservedly scoring twice to take control of the contest.

Craig Gardner drifted into the Rangers box unmarked with just two minutes on the clock but the impressive Rob Green pushed his shot away.

Brown Ideye blazed over when picked out in the middle of goal by Stephane Sessegnon but, with the hosts surrendering possession needlessly on too many occasions, it did not take long for Irvine’s side to take the lead.

A near-post corner from Sebastien Pocognoli was flicked on by Sessegnon and was headed home by Lescott after the former Manchester City man easily escaped the attention of Richard Dunne.

The goal did not act as a wake-up call for the QPR defence and they were two behind 10 minutes later as Varela burst forward unchallenged before exchanging passes with Sessegnon and slotting home his first goal since joining on loan from Porto.

The Hoops were handed a lifeline shortly afterwards as referee Craig Pawson did well to spot James Morrison pulling back Leroy Fer as the Holland international stretched to tap home a loose ball.

Austin was on hand to thrash home the resulting penalty and halve the arrears with his seventh goal in eight appearances and he almost levelled the game on the half-hour mark but, after linking up well with the recalled Bobby Zamora, his drive was easy for Ben Foster to deal with.

At the other end, Green was busy keeping his side in the contest, tipping a deflected Gardner free-kick behind and then reacting well to prevent Sessegnon hammering home at this near-post.

Austin and Eduardo Vargas both passed up half-chances before the break but it did not take long for Austin to once again provide the heroics after the interval.

From their first attack, Dunne headed a corner against the crossbar but Zamora reacted quickest and nodded back to Austin, who bundled home to cancel out West Brom’s two-goal lead.

Captain Joey Barton saw calls for a second penalty turned away by Pawson as QPR started the second half with the urgency and commitment lacking in the opening minutes.

The game opened up but neither side could muster a clear-cut chance until Austin was played in by substitute Junior Hoilett with a little over 10 minutes remaining but this time Foster kept out his effort.

But, having been the main man for Rangers for much of the season, Austin handed his manager an early Christmas present as he headed home Barton’s corner.

West Brom rallied and hit a post through substitute Saido Berahino’s last-minute attempt but could not hit back as QPR continue their fine home form – with all of their 17 points accrued at Loftus Road.

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Premiership: QPR 2-0 Burnley

Charlie Austin scored his eighth goal of the season as QPR beat fellow strugglers Burnley 2-0 and climbed out of the bottom three for the first time since September.

Austin’s close-range finish looked to have a sealed a valuable three points after Leroy Fer had earlier opened the scoring but the striker gave Burnley hope when he was shown a second yellow card with 15 minutes to play.

Burnley squandered a handful of excellent chances in the second half but Sean Dyche’s side lacked cutting edge in the final third and are now just two points off the bottom of the table.

Much of the build-up to the clash centred around the team’s in-form strikers Austin and Danny Ings, who scored 41 goals between them in the Championship last season.

While Ings missed a handful of half-decent opportunities, it was Austin’s contribution that proved decisive alongside the equally threatening Fer.

Burnley created the first clear-cut chance in the 11th minute when Rob Green fumbled Dean Marney’s cross but the Rangers keeper scrambled to his feet just in time to block Scott Arfield’s follow-up.

Both sides were struggling to establish any rhythm but Burnley’s George Boyd injected some quality into the contest just before the half-hour, unleashing a bending long-range effort which Green did brilliantly to tip onto the post.

Sparked into life, QPR almost took the lead at the other end when the lively Eduardo Vargas nipped past Ben Mee in the penalty area but his shot towards the far corner was cleared off the line by Michael Keane.

Austin had endured a quiet first half but, six minutes after the break, the in-form striker provided the decisive pass for Fer to break the deadlock.

Bobby Zamora played in the former Burnley man, who cut the ball back and despite the brave attempts of Mee to block the finish, Fer bundled the ball home for his second goal in three games.

Burnley almost levelled soon after when Boyd’s driven cross looked destined to find Ings at the far post but the slightest of touches from Richard Dunne saw the ball flash past the striker.

Dunne was again to the rescue moments later when his sliding tackle denied Ings a shot from close range but the Burnley forward should have done better a minute later when he nodded Marney’s cross wide at the far post.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure as Boyd blazed over from inside the area but Rangers survived and in the 75th minute made their opponents pay by doubling their advantage.

Vargas played a neat one-two with Mauricio Isla to reach the touchline before squaring the ball back to Austin, who slotted home for his sixth goal in seven games.

The goal-scoring hero swiftly turned to villain two minutes later, however, as Austin was adjudged to have elbowed Keane when the pair rose for a header and the QPR striker was shown a second yellow card.

Buoyed by the one-man advantage, Burnley pressed forward looking for a lifeline but it was the hosts who could have added a third had Tom Heaton not blocked Suk-Young Yun’s close-range effort late on.

Rangers played out the dying minutes with ease, sealing their third win in four home matches and jumping out of the relegation zone ahead of a crucial Christmas period.

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Premiership: QPR 2-0 Aston Villa

QPR climbed off the foot of the table thanks to a Charlie Austin brace that gave Harry Redknapp’s side a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Austin rifled home a fantastic half-volley on the edge of the box from Bobby Zamora’s knock-down to put the home side ahead early in the first half before adding a well-taken second with 20 minutes remaining.

The win means that QPR leapfrog Burnley but remain in the bottom two whilst 15th placed Villa have now not scored in over eight and a half hours of play.

Much of the pre-match talk focused on under-pressure QPR manager Redknapp’s criticism of Adel Taarabt and he chose to leave the player out of his squad, whilst also benching Rio Ferdinand.

Even so, Villa offered little in the way of threat as Christian Benteke looked short of match fitness with Andy Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor proving impotent up front.

Despite the victory, QPR face an uphill struggle to remain in the top flight even at this early stage and with Chelsea away and Man City at home to come, it doesn’t get much easier.

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