By Alan Duffy
Arsenal 1-0 Queens Park Rangers – Premier League – 31st December 2011
He may have failed to equal Alan Shearer’s 38-goal record for a calender year, but Robin Van Persie’s sole strike for the Gunners against QPR was enough to fire his side back into the top four on a day when their rivals slipped up.
Arsenal dominated the first half but once again, a failure to put away their chances was spoiling all their good play. Indeed, even Van Persie was guilty of missing a few decent chances. Another man struggling to find his best form was referee Martin Atkinson who didn’t have the best of games, missing at least one handball in the box by a Rangers’ players and mistakenly booking Thomas Vermaelen instead of Laurent Kosielny.
The visitors weren’t afraid