Theo Walcott gets one back on Van Persie

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott may not have had many bragging rights over Robin van Persie since the Dutchman's move to United, but he did have reason to smile after their latest victory.

Robin van Persie's penalty at the Emirates in Arsenal's last match consigned his former side to dropping two points, but the Gunners got back on track at Loftus Road today, winning 1-0 over QPR.

As well as a resolute backline, and a limp Hoops attack, the win came down to an early strike from Theo Walcott.

And when we say early, we mean very early.

Walcott scored after just 20 seconds, to put Arsenal 1-0 up, and that's how it stayed until the final whistle.

The speed of the goal meant it was the fastest in the Premier League this season, and with a handful of fixtures remaining, it's likely that's how it will stay.

The quickest goal beforehand, was scored by Robin van Persie, who netted for United after 31 seconds against West Ham earlier in the season. He can't win everything now can he.

We doubt Van Persie will be losing any sleep over it, and Walcott won't be getting a medal for his achievement, but if there was one player the Arsenal man would like to have displaced, his former teammate is the man.

Walcott is getting quite the knack for early strikes, scoring after 51 seconds in a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park earlier this season.

20 seconds in or 20 seconds from the end, it doesn't matter ultimately, what does is the three points the winger earned his side, and come the end of the season, the three points might just be crucial.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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