He’s Not Lost His Touch! 3 Things We Learnt About Arsenal vs. QPR


1. Charlie Austin isn’t dangerous if he doesn’t have possession of the ball

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Last week Charlie Austin was the first player to score a hat-trick for QPR in the Premier League since Bradley Allen in 1993. This season he’s also the Premier League’s English top goalscorer. We should have expected more trouble from him at The Emirates today but with Arsenal being so dominant for the majority of the game he hardly touched the ball – a total of 34 times (17 in each half). Unfortunately for us, when he did, it was to score from the after a penalty was unfairly awarded against Mathieu Debuchy for a tackle on Julian Hoilett. The referee, Martin Atkinson, will be kicking himself when he sees the replay, especially as the supposed tackle took place right in front of him. Even more gutting for the Arsenal fans was that Atkinson had already ignored other soft penalty awards in favour of Arsenal: Nedem Onuoha against Danny Welbeck in the 25th minute and Leroy Fer against Per Mertesacker in the 77th minute. But I digress. Out of four shots, only Charlie Austin’s penalty was on target. Which really does show if you can manage to cut him off and shut him out, like Arsenal managed to both in the first and second half of the match, he’s really not that dangerous at all.

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