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Warburton pleased with useful workout at Arsenal

QPR played a behind-closed-doors friendly game against Arsenal at their London Colney training ground on Tuesday afternoon, with the Gunners winning the match 4-3.

At the request of the hosts, the fixture wasn’t available for streaming.

Against a strong Arsenal line-up, Rangers took the lead with a stunning strike from Ossie Kakay before the hosts responded and moved into a 3-1 lead.

Bright Osayi-Samuel netted to reduce the deficit before Todd Kane hit a long-range effort to draw matters level.

Mikel Arteta’s men won the game late on.

Speaking after the match, Warburton said: “This was a really useful workout for both teams, and I would like to express my thanks to everyone at Arsenal for their hospitality.

“The application of the players was excellent and I was really pleased with the way we moved the ball against world-class opposition, and created chances.

“To have this sort of test is useful for the players because it tests them from a physical and tactical perspective.”

The match saw Rob Dickie make his first appearance for the club just hours after joining from Oxford United.

“Rob was really keen to play,” Warburton said, “and we were keen to have him involved.

“He got 60 minutes under his belt, he settled in very well and showed his quality on the ball.

“He had previously played three 45-minutes at Oxford, so this was further vital minutes for him.”

Rangers kick off their league campaign against Nottingham Forest on 12th September, but will start the 2020/21 season with a trip to Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup this Saturday.

QPR starting XI: Lumley, Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace, Cameron, Tralist, Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Amos, Oteh