QPR vs Arsenal Player Ratings

Arsenal struck early and then held on for a crucial 1-0 win over QPR in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Monreal struggled against Townsend.

Theo Walcott bagged his 20th goal of the season after 20 seconds as Arsenal beat relegated QPR to return to third place.

QPR

Green - 7.5
Could not be faulted for Arsenal's opening goal but recovered well from the early shock to produce some quality saves to deny Walcott a second of the night.

Traore (Off 91') - 6
Wasn't terrible over the course of the game but deserves to get marked down for failing to be switched on at the very start of the contest which contributed to Walcott's goal after just 20 seconds.

Hill - 7.5
Defended excellently against Arsenal and made crucial interceptions and tackles for his team to stay in the contest.

Onuoha - 7
Enjoyed his battle against Podolski and contributed to his team's cause with some fantastic blocks.

Ben Haim - 6.5
Looked quite clumsy at times and was caught out when Monreal surged forward to support Podolski and Cazorla on the flank. Was strong in the air though.

Mbia (Off 45') - 5
He arrived at the club with glowing references from France but after yet another abysmal display for Harry Redknapp, it will be his manager's face that will be burning bright red.

Park (Off 79') - 7
A hardworking performance is the least you can expect from Park but when the QPR midfielder puts in his fair share of crosses, tackles and shots, then you know the Korean has had a good shift.

Jenas - 6.5
Booked for tackle from behind on Rosicky while on the offensive front he couldn't provide that bit of quality QPR needed in the final third to break Arsenal down.

Townsend - 7.5
QPR's best player and I would be surprised if other clubs in the Premier League did not try and snap the youngster up. He had his way down the right flank and delivered several inviting crosses for his team-mates but they just couldn't direct any of them in goal.

Remy - 7
Remy is definitely a striker to watch in the near future but his talent remains quite raw at the moment. He showed flashes of brilliance but is not yet the finished article. He combined quite well with QPR's midfielders but never struck up a good understanding with fellow forward Zamora.

Zamora - 6.5
The big English striker drifted in and out of the match for the entire 90 minutes, and only really started to apply pressure on the Arsenal defence in the final 15 minutes of the contest.

Subs
Derry (On 45') - 6
The veteran came on for Mbia at the half and had to use all his experience to try and stay on the pitch. He didn't play badly but the 35-year-old just found it hard to keep up with Arsenal's superior passing.

Taarabt (On 79') - N/A

Fabio (On 91') - N/A/

Arsenal

Szczesny - 7
A clean sheet and some good saves to boost the confidence. Szczesny's main problem was communicating with his defenders.

Sagna - 6.5
He used to be the best right-back in the Premier League but Sagna has been in indifferent form of late. His crossing is woeful now when it used to be so accurate. Doesn't appear to be on the same wavelength with his team-mates at the moment.

Mertesacker - 7
The big German did what was asked of him well with minimal fuss. He was dominant in the air but not so good with his clearances against QPR.

Koscielny - 7.5
Arsenals' rock at the back. He read QPR's game plan very well and put himself in the right place at the right time to protect Szczesny's goal.

Monreal - 5.5
Monreal had some good moments for sure, but overall he endured a pretty testing time against Townsend, who had the beating of him several times throughout the match. He was also forced to pick up a yellow card for pulling back the QPR starlet when he had beaten him for pace.

Arteta - 7
Put in some solid tackles in midfield to help Arsenal protect their one-goal lead which ultimately became three valuable points at the final whistle. Credited with the assist for Arsenal's only goal of the game - a slide rule pass for Walcott to score.

Ramsey - 6
You can't fault the effort of Ramsey - but the execution is another matter altogether. He isn't a natural holding midfielder and it showed against QPR.

Rosicky (Off 91') - 7
It wasn't a vintage Rosicky display but the midfielder definitely had some bright sparks in the match especially in the first half. What QPR lacked in quality in the final third, Arsenal had that with Rosicky. No surprises that he was heavily involved in the build-up play for Arsenal's goal.

Cazorla (Off 89') - 7
A better second half from Cazorla made up for a fairly average first 45 minutes. The Spain international can change a game with a single moment of brilliance and he did his best to make that happen against QPR, forcing Green to make some good stops.

Walcott - 7.5
Alert and always a threat. Arsenal can have Walcott to thank for their 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday. The England international took his first chance of the match really well to score and that was a good thing as the Gunners could not find a way past Green again.

Podolski (Off 84') - 6.5
Not bad, not good. It was an average display from Podolski in Arsenal's 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday. The German was wasteful with possession but his movement also helped create more space for team-mates.

Subs
Oxlade-Chamberlain (On 84') - N/A
Wilshere (On 89') - N/A
Vermaelen (On 91') - N/A



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