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PREMIER LEAGUE: QPR end Arsenal's winning streak

QPR have scored a massive London derby win over Arsenal with a 2-1 result at Loftus Road.

The R's have managed to get themselves six points clear of bottom by defeating the Gunners who had won seven league games in a row prior to today.

Adel Taarabt put the home side ahead in the 22nd minute after they pressed hard for a goal with the Moroccan making a nice turn on Thomas Vermaelen before skipping past the Belgian and finishing coolly past Wojciech Szczesny for his first of the season.

Arsenal were sloppy early but managed to get things back on track 15 minutes later when Theo Walcott was the recipient of some fortune when his initial attempt from the top of the area deflected back off the upright and into his path for the winger to side-foot home for 1-1.

In the 66th minute, Samba Diakite netted his first QPR goal when Jamie Mackie beat off Vermaelen on the right side of the area to tee up the Mali international who hammered home much to the delight of the Loftus fans.

Just before Diakite's eventual winner, R's keeper Paddy Kenny did ever so well to deny Gunners captain Robin van Persie by forcing the Dutchman's effort over the crossbar but in the end it was Mark Hughes' men who held on for a stirring win that keeps their survival hopes well and truly alive.

TRIBAL ASKS: What does this do for Arsenal's third-place ambitions? Is it merely a blip for a side who has been up for a while now? On the other hand, can QPR take the confidence from this victory and the one over Liverpool to remain in the top flight?

Queens Park Rangers: 2 (Adel Taarabt 22', Samba Diakite 66') Arsenal: 1 (Theo Walcott 37')

Loftus Road, London - 18,033

< b>Yellow cards:QPR - Adel Taarabt 23', Jamie Mackie 62', Anton Ferdinand 90', Joey Barton 90+3', Sambia Diakite 90+3' ARS - Thomas Vermaelen 62', Alex Song 65'

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