Kenny Sansom haunts Arsenal with FA Cup screamer - history
Sunday, 1st Mar 2015 19:11 by Clive Whittingham
Ahead of Wednesday's home match with Arsenal, LFW looks back to an FA Cup Fourth Round replay between the sides at Loftus Road from 1990 when Highbury old boys Kenny Sansom and Don Howe returned to haunt their former club.
Recent MeetingsArsenal 2 QPR 1, Friday December 26, 2014, Premier League
QPR’s insipid start to the first meeting between these sides this season eventually cost them any chance of winning a point or more from a match they were right in the mix of until the very end. Armand Traore had an evening to forget on his return to his former club, conceding a penalty which Rob Green saved from Alexis Sacnhez and then playing Sanchez onside for the actual opener. Olivier Giroud’s red card for reacting to a challenge from Nedum Onuoha after half time seemed to give the visitors a chance but Tomas Rosicky scored a second despite the numerical disadvantage. It was only then that Rangers started to play with any freedom and belief, scoring one through Charlie Austin from the penalty spot after a questionable foul on Junior Hoilett and being denied a second spot kick at the death when Bobby Zamora appeared to be fouled as he rushed in to convert a chance from close range.
Arsenal: Szczsney 6; Debuchy 7, Mertesacker 5, Monreal 5, Gibbs 6; Rosicky 6 (Chambers 83, -), Flamini 5, Cazorla 6; Sanchez 8, Welbeck 6 (Coquelin 88, -), Giroud 4
Subs not used: Podolski, Ospina, Walcott, Campbell, Bellerin
Goals: Sanchez 37 (assisted Gibbs), Rosicky 65 (assisted Sanchez)
Sent Off: Giroud 52 (violent conduct)
Bookings: Coquelin 90+3 (foul)
QPR: Green 6; Isla 5, Caulker 6, Ferdinand 6, Onuoha 6, Traore 2 (Hoilett 62, 5); Mutch 4 (Zamora 72, 6), Kranjcar 5, Henry 5 (Fer 62, 5); Vargas 5, Austin 6
Subs not used: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Wright-Phillips
Goals: Austin 79 (penalty, won Hoilett)
Bookings: Ferdinand 26 (foul), Mutch 54 (foul), Hoilett 69 (foul)
QPR 0 Arsenal 1, Saturday May 4, 2013, Premier League
QPR, already relegated and playing out time in the 2012/13 Premier League, reached new levels of farce in a May home game against Arsenal – succeeding in conceding straight from the kick off at the start of the game. Theo Walcott profited from a succession of defensive mistakes inside the opening 30 seconds. Rangers fans may have feared a repeat of the 6-0 FA Cup thrashing from a decade before but Arsenal were charitable and left it at that single goal.
QPR: Green 6, Ben Haim 6, Onuoha 6, Hill 6, Traore 5 (Da Silva, 90 -), Townsend 7, Jenas 6, Mbia 5 (Derry, 46, 5), Park 5 (Taarabt 79, 6), Zamora 5, Remy 6
Subs not used: Murphy, Granero, Mackie, Bothroyd
Bookings: Derry 64 (foul), Jenas 77 (foul)
Arsenal: Szczesny 7, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 5, Rosicky 6 (Vermaelen 90, -), Arteta 6, Ramsey 5, Cazorla 6 (Wilshere 89, -), Walcott 7, Podolski 5 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 85, -)
Subs not used: Mannone, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Gervinho
Goals: Walcott 1 (assisted Arteta)
Bookings: Monreal 58 (foul)
Arsenal 1 QPR 0, Saturday October 27, 2012, Premier League
A late red card for Stephane Mbia from referee Anthony Taylor for foolishly lashing out at Thomas Vermaelen after he’d actually won a free kick for Rangers was fair enough but the subsequent winning goal from Mikel Arteta was obviously offside and should never have been allowed. To be fair to the hosts only miraculous goalkeeping from Julio Cesar had kept them at bay that long against a very negative and conservative QPR set up and Cesar even went close to keeping the goal out during another monumental scramble. Despite the goal coming just four minutes from time with the R’s down to ten a sudden burst of attacking impetus in stoppage time yielded more chances than Mark Hughes’ side had created during the previous 90 minutes and Jamie Mackie should have scored after jinking his way past three Arsenal defenders into the heart of their penalty area but he fluffed his lines with only the keeper to beat.
Arsenal: Mannone 7, Sagna 7, Mertesacker 6, Vermaelen 6, Santos 6, Arteta 7, Wilshere 7 (Walcott 67, 6), Ramsey 6, Cazorla 7, Podolski 6 (Gervinho 71, -) (Arshavin 81, -), Giroud 6
Subs not used: Martinez, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Coquelin
Goals: Arteta 84 (assisted Ramsey)
Bookings: Giroud 59 (foul)
QPR: Cesar 9, Bosingwa 6, Nelsen 8, Mbia 6, Traore 7 (Onuoha 73, 6), Wright-Phillips 5 (Mackie 79, 6), Granero 7, Diakite 6, Taarabt 7, Hoilett 7, Zamora 5 (Cisse 72, 5)
Subs not used: Green, Ferdinand, Ephraim, Faurlin
Bookings: Granero 52 (repetitive fouling), Taarabt 86 (dissent)
Red Cards: Mbia 79 (violent conduct)
QPR 2 Arsenal 1, Saturday March 31, 2012, Premier League
QPR's great escape from what looked like certain relegation in 2011/12 was just starting to get underway when they met Arsenal, at Loftus Road at the end of March. A home draw with Everton and memorable comeback win against Liverpool had breathed life into the Super Hoops and despite away defeats at Sunderland and, most damagingly, at Bolton in between they set about the Gunners with a real purpose in front of a raucous capacity crowd. Adel Taarabt, out of favour for so long during the winter, opened the scoring with a typically tricky run and accurate finish into the corner but the R's were dragged back level when Theo Walcott converted at the second attempt after his original shot had flown back to him off the post. Mark Hughes' men sealed a priceless win in the second half when persistence from Jamie Mackie down the right worried Vermaelen into a mistake and a good advantage played by referee Mike Dean gave Samba Diakite a chance to advance forward from midfield and thump the subsequent assist into the roof of the net.
QPR: Kenny 8, Onuoha 8, Hill 8, Ferdinand 8, Taiwoo 8, Taarabt 9 , Derry 8, Diakite 9, Barton 8, Mackie 8, Zamora 8 (Wright-Phillips 90 -)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Buszacky, Bothroyd
Booked: Taarabt (goal celebration), Mackie (squabbling with Vermaelen), Ferdinand (foul), Barton (foul), Diakite (foul)
Arsenal: Szczesny 7, Sagna 7, Vermaelen 5, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 7 (Chamakh 80 6), Rosicky 7, Arteta 7 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 80 7), Walcott 7, Ramsey 7 (Gervinho 69 6), Song 7, Van Persie 7
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Santos , Djourou, Benayoun
Booked: Vermaelen (squaring up to Mackie), Song (foul)
Arsenal 1 QPR 0, Saturday December 31, 2011, Premier League
A patchy Arsenal display was still good enough to take all three points from QPR on New Year’s Eve 2011 as Neil Warnock's reign at Loftus Road neared its end. The R’s, made a bright start to the game with a reshaped team but were still lucky to survive two gilt edged Robin Van Persie chances in the first half. The Dutchman looked well in the mood against an unorthodox centre back pairing of Danny Gabbidon and Matt Connolly playing against his former club for the first time. Van Persie would win the game in the second half, seizing on a senseless back pass from Shaun Wright Phillips before slotting home, but one of the most inept misses of all time from Theo Walcott just beforehand was just as big a talking point after the match.
Arsenal: Szczesny 7, Djourou 6, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Vermaelen 7 (Coquelin 54, 6), Song 6, Arteta 6, Walcott 5 (Gervinho 74, 7), Ramsey 8, Arshavin 5 (Rosicky 67, 6), van Persie 8
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Benayoun
Booked: Vermaelen (foul), Djourou (foul)
Goals: van Persie 60 (unassisted)
QPR: Cerny 7, Young 7, Connolly 6, Gabbidon 6, Traore 7 (Orr 77, -), Faurlin 6, Barton 6, Mackie 5 (Smith 74, 6), Taarabt 7, Wright-Phillips 6, Bothroyd 6 (Campbell 64, 5)
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hill, Derry , Helguson
Booked: Barton (foul), Young (foul)
QPR 0 Arsenal 6, Saturday January 27, 2001, FA Cup
Those games were the first competitive meetings between the sides in a decade, the last coming in a hefty FA Cup hammering back in 2001. Having laboured through a Third Round tie and replay that went to extra time against Second Division strugglers Luton, First Division side QPR pulled Arsenal at home in the Fourth Round. They made a good start in front of a capacity crowd, Peter Crouch had a header cleared from the goal mouth and another that bounced down right on the line after hitting the bar but stayed out before the Gunners set about a systematic demolition of Gerry Francis’ team. Chris Plummer kneed in a low cross for an embarrassing own goal opener, then Sylvain Wiltord’s low shot deflected into the net off former Arsenal man Matthew Rose after Dennis Bergkamp had drawn Ludek Miklosko from his line. The second half was embarrassingly one sided. Another own goal, this time from Rose at close range under pressure from Wiltord as Ashley Cole crossed, started the rout and Wiltord then volleyed the fourth after being left unmarked at a corner. A swift counter attack constructed by Bergkamp and Ray Parlour set up Robert Pires for number five and the sixth was bagged by Bergkamp himself after Maddix’s pass out of defence was intercepted by Patrick Viera.
QPR: Miklosko, Perry (Koejoe (Ngonge)), Carlisle, Plummer (Connolly), Rose, Baraclough, Peacock, Langley , Darlington , Crouch, Kiwomya
Subs not used: Harper, Morrow
Bookings: Carlisle , Baraclough
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon , Stepanovs, Adams , Cole, Lauren (Grimandi), Viera (Vivas), Parlour, Pires (Malz), Bergkamp, Wiltord
Subs not used: Henry, Manninger
Bookings: Cole, Lauren
Goals: Plummer og 32, Wiltord 33, 56, Rose og 49, Pires 58, Bergkamp 74
QPR 1 Arsenal 1, Saturday March 2, 1996, Premier League
The last Premier League meeting between these two sides prior to the 2011 promotion was towards the end of QPR’s 1995/96 relegation season. Arsenal were a steady midtable side at this stage, supplemented by Dennis Bergkamp up front and managed by Bruce Rioch. This game is often forgotten by Rangers fans amid the more notable disasters of that campaign such as the 98th minute Man Utd equaliser and Spurs 3-2 victory after QPR had led 2-0, but the R’s dropped another two crucial points here after taking the lead. Kevin Gallen kept up his impressive goal scoring record against the Gunners with a crisp first half finish but Arsenal levelled in the second half thanks to an explosive volley from Bergkamp at the School End. I maintain that Bergkamp is the best opposition player I’ve seen play against QPR in my time watching the club. QPR finished second bottom and were relegated, Arsenal climbed up as high as fifth by the end of the campaign.
QPR: Sommer, Bardsley, Challis, Ready, Yates, Barker, Holloway, Quashie, Impey (Dichio), Gallen, Sinclair
Subs not used: Goodridge, Plummer
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon , Keown, Linighan, Morrow (Rose), Winterburn, Platt, Parlour, Merson, Bergkamp, Hartson
Subs not used: Hillier, Hughes
Previous ResultsHead to Head >>> QPR wins 15 >>> Draws 14 >>> Arsenal wins 23
2014/15 Arsenal 2 QPR 1 (Austin)
2012/13 QPR 0 Arsenal 1
2012/12 Arsenal 1 QPR 0
2011/12 QPR 2 Arsenal 1 (Taarabt, Diakite)
2011/12 Arsenal 1 QPR 0
2000/01 QPR 0 Arsenal 6*
1995/96 QPR 1 Arsenal 1 (Gallen)
1995/96 Arsenal 3 QPR 0
1994/95 QPR 3 Arsenal 1 (Gallen, Impey, Ready)
1994/95 Arsenal 1 QPR 3 (Gallen, Impey, Allen)
1993/94 QPR 1 Arsenal 1 (Penrice)
1993/94 Arsenal 0 QPR 0
1992/93 Arsenal 0 QPR 0
1992/93 QPR 0 Arsenal 0
1991/92 QPR 0 Arsenal 0
1991/92 Arsenal 1 QPR 1 (Bailey)
1990/91 Arsenal 2 QPR 0
1990/91 QPR 1 Arsenal 3 (Wegerle)
1989/90 QPR 2 Arsenal 0 (Wilkins, Wegerle)
1989/90 QPR 2 Arsenal 0* (Sansom, Sinton)
1989/90 Arsenal 0 QPR 0*
1989/90 Arsenal 3 QPR 0
1988/89 QPR 0 Arsenal 0
1988/89 Arsenal 2 QPR 1 (Falco)
1987/88 Arsenal 0 QPR 0
1987/88 QPR 2 Arsenal 0 (Byrne, McDonald)
1986/87 QPR 1 Arsenal 4 (McDonald)
1986/87 Arsenal 3 QPR 1 (Bannister)
1985/86 Arsenal 3 QPR 1 (Bannister)
1985/86 QPR 0 Arsenal 1
1984/85 QPR 1 Arsenal 0 (James)
1984/85 Arsenal 1 QPR 0
1983/84 Arsenal 0 QPR 2 (Stewart, Fenwick)
1983/84 QPR 2 Arsenal 0 (Gregory, Neill)
1978/79 QPR 1 Arsenal 2 (Shanks)
1978/79 Arsenal 5 QPR 1 (McGee)
1977/78 QPR 2 Arsenal 1 (Shanks, Bowles)
1977/78 Arsenal 1 QPR 0
1976/77 QPR 2 Arsenal 1 (Francis, Hollins)
1976/77 QPR 2 Arsenal 1** (Masson, Webb)
1976/77 Arsenal 3 QPR 2 (Thomas, McLintock)
1975/76 QPR 2 Arsenal 1 (McLintock, Francis)
1975/76 Arsenal 2 QPR 0
1974/75 QPR 0 Arsenal 0
1974/75 Arsenal 2 QPR 2 (Bowles 2)
1973/74 Arsenal 1 QPR 1 (Bowles)
1973/74 QPR 2 Arsenal 0 (Bowles, Givens)
1968/69 QPR 0 Arsenal 1
1968/69 Arsenal 2 QPR 1 (Wilks)
1921/22 QPR 1 Arsenal 2* (Smith)
1921/22 Arsenal 0 QPR 0*
1920/21 QPR 2 Arsenal 0* ( Chandler , O’Brien)
* - FA Cup
** - League Cup
Memorable MatchQPR 2 Arsenal 0, Wednesday January 31, 1990, FA Cup Fourth Round Replay
Under the management of Don Howe, Rangers had drawn lower league Cardiff City in round three of the 1990 FA Cup and eventually made it through thanks to goals from Ray Wilkins and Roy Wegerle in a Loftus Road replay after a goalless first tie. That technique of keeping things tight in an away game in the hope of seeing the job through at Loftus Road would come to the fore again in the next round when Rangers were handed the somewhat stiffer task of facing reigning champions Arsenal at Highbury. A dire game finished 0-0, a score QPR were clearly very pleased about, and so four days later the sides convened again on a boggy pitch at Loftus Road to fight for the right to meet Blackpool in the Fifth Round.
Former Gunner Kenny Sansom started on the left side of a defence that also included England’s Paul Parker, Northern Ireland’s Alan McDonald and Danny Maddix. In attack Colin Clarke partnered Wegerle with Wilkins, Simon Barker, David Bardsley and Andy Sinton making up the midfield. David Seaman stood between the posts for Rangers, he would soon move across town to join Arsenal in a £1.3m deal.
Arsenal made a change to their line up having spurned the initial opportunity for competition progress with home advantage: George Graham recalled Michael Thomas instead of Paul Davis and kept Sansom’s replacement Nigel Winterburn at left back. Alan Smith led the attack, John Lukic started in goal. Steve Bould partnered Adams in defence and within three second of the match beginning he’d scythed down Wegerle to set the tone for the evening’s entertainment.
The sides exchanged early chances with Smith firing straight at Seaman after McDonald had done well to hold him up in a one on one situation and then Wegerle unleashing a first time volley out of nowhere from an impossible angle that Lukic did well to parry away.
Tony Adams rarely seemed to enjoy his visits to Shepherds Bush back in the day and the donkey noises which seemed to get to him at Loftus Road more than anywhere else could be heard ringing around the ground when he strode onto a low cross from a well worked set piece, unmarked and onside, but skied a presentable chance into the Upper Loft with Seaman helpless to do anything about it. The big keeper was called upon to save from Rocastle moments later and although he spilled the ball initially he’d regathered before Groves clattered him with one of those challenges that would certainly bring a card out these days.
Rangers needed to be more positive at the start of the second half and clearly Howe recognised that. A prolonged early spell of tidy possession tempted O’Leary into fouling Clarke on the edge of the area. Although a convoluted free kick routine came to nothing the ball then broke wide to Sansom who’s chipped cross swirled in the wind and rain and almost caught Lukic out underneath his crossbar but the keeper turned the ball behind one handed for a corner. Bardsley drilled over when the resulting set piece was delivered.
In torrential rain just before the hour mark Wegerle made light of the conditions to skip past three Arsenal tacklers and feed Sinton whose typically purposeful run into the area created a shooting opportunity but Arsenal muscled up and blocked his sight of goal.
And the South African born USA international was at it again for the opening goal midway through the second half. His balance and poise failed only briefly during a mesmeric dribble that took him from the middle of the Arsenal half, out to the right touchline via the penalty area, and then back in towards the byline skipping past numerous defenders and never relinquishing possession once en route. Eventually he laid the perfect ball back to the edge of the area where Sansom arrived on cue to drill an unstoppable left footed shot into the corner of the net – his first ever QPR goal had come against the club he served with distinction for the best part of the previous decade. It lifted the roof off the place.
George Graham sent on a young Paul Merson for Groves while Rangers were celebrating and could have been rewarded with an equaliser straight from the kick off but Michael Thomas fluffed his lines from close range. Then, in a frantic 60 seconds around the 70 minute mark, Bould headed straight at Seaman, Dixon forced an excellent save from the QPR keeper and Winterburn fired over – those three would soon welcome Seaman as a team mate and go on to form a formidable defence for years to come. The remaining part of that revered backline, Tony Adams, headed wide of Seaman’s post four minutes later.
An Arsenal equaliser certainly looked more likely than a second QPR goal as Smith chipped wide and Merson drew a decent save from Seaman in the bottom left hand corner. But as time wound down and the Gunners committed more men to the attack, gaps started to open up for the home team and when Wegerle’s vision set Sinton free in the left channel in the final minute of the game the former Brentford winger and future England international made no mistake with crisp finish across Lukic, into the far corner. The Lower Loft enjoyed that one.
The victory set Rangers up for a fifth round tie at Blackpool which finished 2-2 thanks to two goals from Colin Clarke. The replay finished goalless before the R’s won the second replay 3-0 with goals from Sinton and Sansom again as well as Simon Barker. The quarter final paired them with Liverpool and after Wilkins and Barker had scored in the first game which finished 2-2 yet another replay had to be scheduled but this time Rangers lost 1-0 at Anfield.
QPR: Seaman, Parker, Maddix, McDonald, Sansom, Bardsley, Wilkins, Barker, Sinton, Clarke, Wegerle
Subs: Channing, Wright.
Arsenal: Lukic, Dixon, O’Leary, Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Rocastly, Richardson, Thomas, Groves, Smith
Subs: Pates, Merson.
ConnectionsDavid Seaman >>>QPR 1986-1990 >>> Arsenal 1990-2003
Seaman began his career as a trainee at his boyhood club Leeds United but was quickly deemed surplus to requirements and sold on the cheap to Peterborough United in 1982. Birmingham City soon recognised his talents and paid £100,000 for him in 1984, winning promotion from the Second to the First Division with him between the sticks and then selling him on at a profit two years later after they were relegated back down a league at the first attempt.
QPR manager Jim Smith paid £225,000 in August 1986 to secure Seaman's services and he would excel at Loftus Road, initially making light of the club's notorious plastic pitch and then later impressing enough on grass to earn his first England cap against Saudi Arabia in 1988. He did start with a 5-1 defeat at Southampton on his debut though.
Rangers fans on our message board recall a save made from Ian Rush in the famous 2-2 draw with Liverpool at home in the FA Cup, and another against Man Utd at Old Trafford, but also that his attitude always seemed to be that he was destined for better things than QPR. He made difficult things look easy, and occasionally easier things look difficult and long range shots, particularly from free kicks, would trouble him throughout his career.
Eventually, inevitably, he did indeed attract interest from elsewhere. Sadly this soured his relationship with the Rangers fans because although a deadline day move to Highbury in 1990 collapsed when Arsenal's John Lukic refused to come the other way on loan, everybody in Shepherds Bush knew he would leave for Arsenal at the end of the season regardless and he made little secret of his desire to leave in the press. So it proved, with George Graham agreeing a fee of £1.3m – a record for a goalkeeper at the time – as soon as the season was over.
While QPR fans, as you would expect, held Seaman's decision to leave against him the subsequent honour roll he accrued at Highbury more than justified his decision. He won the league championship three times – including in his first full season at the club when he was ever-present and conceded just 18 goals - the FA Cup on four occasions, the League Cup and the Cup Winners Cup.
He was also able to claim the England goalkeeping slot for himself after Peter Shilton retired by holding off competition from the likes of Chris Woods, Tim Flowers, Nigel Martyn, David James and Ian Walker. He missed the Italia 90 World Cup with injury but eventually retired with 75 caps to his name, second only to Shilton in the goalkeeping stakes but surely to one day be topped by the present incumbent Joe Hart.
Seaman became known for his penalty saving prowess – despite never saving one for QPR - particularly for England in Euro 96 where he was named in the team of the tournament after turning aside Miguel Nadal's effort in the quarter final shoot out, and one in open play earlier in the tournament from Scotland 's Gary McAllister. This talent was also prevalent in Arsenal's prolonged European campaigns in the mid 1990s - on their way to the 1995 Cup Winners Cup final Seaman saved a penalty from Sampdoria's Atillio Lombardo (latterly with Crystal Palace).
But he was also prone to high profile mistakes and will always be remembered for being lobbed from long range first by Zaragoza's Nayim in that final, and then Ronaldinho in the 2002 World Cup when Brazil beat England in the Far East . Manager Sven Goran Ericsson kept faith with him after this in the face of mounting criticism but when he then conceded directly from a corner in a European Championships qualifier with Macedonia that finished 2-2 he was dropped in favour of David James and never recalled.
Seaman remained a mainstay of the Arsenal team after Arsene Wenger took over towards the end of the 1990s. He conceded just 17 goals in 38 games in the 1998/99 season but the Gunners lost out to Manchester United in both the title race and FA Cup. A year later they reached the UEFA Cup final but lost on penalties to Galatasaray. He won the league and cup double in 2001/02 and then the FA Cup a year later, making an extraordinary save from Paul Peschisolido in the semi-final against Sheffield United in what was his 1,000th professional game, but he was starting to come in for heavy criticism about the effect his advancing years were having on him. His decision to grow his hair out into a pony-tail didn't do much for his image and the year before Arsenal famously won the league going unbeaten for the entire season he was shipped off to join pre-takeover Manchester City.
Seaman finally hung up his gloves midway through his first season at Eastlands while suffering with a persistent shoulder injury.
He has since been a regular face on such nonsense as Dancing on Ice and most recently became involved with non-league Wembley as a goalkeeping coach after Terry Venables, Martin Keown, Claudia Caniggia and others also joined the non-league outfit as part of a sponsorship stunt.
Others >>> Armand Traore, Arsenal 2006-2011, QPR 2011-present >>> Jay Bothroyd Arsenal trainee, QPR 2011-2013 >>> Jay Simpson, Arsenal 2007-2010, QPR (loan) 2009-2010 >>> Matthew Connolly, Arsenal 2006-2008, QPR 2008-2012 >>> Frankie Simek, Arsenal 2003-2005, QPR (loan) 2004 >>> Matthew Hislop, Arsenal trainee, QPR 2005-2007 >>> Shabazz Baidoo, Arsenal trainee, QPR 2004-2008 >>> Dom Shimmin, Arsenal trainee, QPR 2005-2008 >>> Jerome Thomas, Arsenal 2001-2004, QPR (loan) 2002 >>> Brian McGovern, Arsenal 1997-2000, QPR (loan) 1999-2000>>> Andy Linighan, Arsenal 1990-1997, QPR (loan) 1998-1999 >>> Chris Kiwomya, Arsenal 1995-1998, QPR 1998-2001 >>> Steve Morrow, Arsenal 1988-1997, QPR 1997-2001 >>> Matthew Rose, Arsenal 1994-1997, QPR 1997-2007 >>> Lee Harper, Arsenal 1994-1997, QPR 1997-2001 >>> Stewart Houston, Arsenal (coach) 1990-1996, QPR (manager) 1996-1997 >>> Bruce Rioch, Arsenal (manager) 1995-1996, QPR (coach) 1996-1997 >>> Gus Caesar, Arsenal 1984-1991, QPR (loan) 1990 >>> Don Howe, Arsenal 1964-1966, (manager) 1983-1986, (coach) 1997-2003, QPR 1989-1991 >>> Bobby Gould, Arsenal 1968-1970, QPR (coach) 1990-1991 >>> David Seaman, QPR 1986-1990, Arsenal 1990-2003 >>>Kenny Sansom, Arsenal 1980-1988, QPR 1989-1991 >>> Jimmy Carter, QPR 1985-1987, Arsenal 1991-1995 >>> Paul Barron, Arsenal 1978-1980, QPR 1985-1988 >>> Clive Allen QPR 1978-1980, 1981-1984, Arsenal 1980 >>> Frank McLintock, Arsenal 1964-1973, QPR 1973-1977 >>> John Hollins, QPR 1975-1979, Arsenal 1979-1983 >>> Terry Mancini, QPR 1971-1974, Arsenal 1974-1976 >>> Eddie Kelly, Arsenal 1969-1976, QPR 1976-1977 >>> Dave Metchick, QPR 1968-1970, Arsenal 1970 >>> Bill Dodgin Arsenal 1952-1961, QPR (manager) 1968 >>> Adam Haywood, Arsenal 1896-1899, QPR 1899-1900
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