Premier League match report: QPR 0-1 Arsenal

Theo Walcott struck after just 20 seconds. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger's men are one point off the Champions League spots, following a relatively comfortable win over future Championship outfit QPR.

With less than a minute on the clock the game was over, as Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's quickest ever Premier League goal in their history.

The home side had the look of a team who had been relegated back in August, thanks to a mix of disorganised play and a slow tempo, which can be linked to the fact QPR have nothing to play for, making the early stages a relative walk in the park for the visiting Gunners.

During the week, Harry Redknapp said that his side weren't good enough to survive in England's top-flight, but he did state that his players did possess the desire to stay up, however, this display would suggest otherwise.

It took just 20 seconds for Arsenal to take the lead after some disappointing defending allowed Mikel Arteta to play Walcott through on goal, with the England forward gladly accepting the opportunity to slot the ball beyond a rigid Robert Green.

Walcott almost doubled the lead in the 26th minute with a close-range shot, but Green was more alert on this occasion and managed to tip the ball onto the post, and away to safety.

QPR were limited to a few long-range shots in the opening 45 minutes, with Tal Bem Haim and Stephane M'bia both letting rip without threatening the Arsenal goal.

The home side looked a lot sharper after the break, and created more chances, with Andros Townsend testing Wojciech Szczesny with a swerving shot from 25 yards, but the Polish keeper managed to fist it clear.

Thanks to QPR's new found urgency, Arsenal struggled to find the same open space they enjoyed in the first-half, meaning clearcut opportunities were hard to come by.

Santi Cazorla tested Green in the 69th minute, but his powerful drive from just outside the area was met with two large palms, which could only push the ball back into the danger area, but luckily Clint Hill was there to clear it.

Another gift of an opportunity was offered up by Ben Haim to Walcott, but his effort from an acute angle was spurned once again by Green.

Things were almost levelled in the 83rd minute, but Loic Remy's side-footed strike from 18 yards was turned round the post by Szczesny.

Despite spending 89 minutes of the game nowhere near their best, the Gunners just about deserved to leave west London with the points in the bag, allowing them to keep the pressure on arch rivals Spurs.