Arsenal v QPR - All the stats

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Following Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium, we bring you the most interesting Opta Stats.

Arsenal's secured a valuable 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers in typically difficult fashion, as Olivier Giroud's foolishness forced the home side to play most of the second-half with ten men. 

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez gave the home side the lead, having missed an earlier penalty, while Tomas Rosicky doubled the advantage despite Giroud's dismissal shortly after the break. 

As QPR looked to salvage a result, Charlie Austin dispatched a late penalty. However, this proved little more than a consolation as Arsenal held on to secure maximum points. 

Here are the top five stats from the Gunners' Boxing Day victory:

17 - Only Ian Wright (14) has reached 10 Premier League goals for Arsenal in fewer games than Alexis Sanchez (17). The Chilean has directly contributed to exactly 50% of Arsenal's domestic goals (32) this season, weighing in with 10 goals and 6 assists.

  TeamGoals scoredAssistsAppearances
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 10 6 17

11 - Alexis Sanchez completed more 'take-ons' (11) than any Premier League player has managed in a single game this season. Chelsea's Eden Hazard, however, remains the player to beat in terms of his dribbling prowess - he has found success in 82 dribbles this season. 

  TeamSuccessful dribblesAppearances
Eden Hazard Chelsea 82 18
Raheem Sterling Liverpool 58 18
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 57 17

10 - Charlie Austin has now scored 10 goals in his last nine Premier League appearances. With 12 goals in total this term, the Queens Park Rangers striker remains the highest scoring English player in the top flight, while Sergio Agüero (14) and Diego Costa (13) are the only players to have scored more. 

  TeamGoals scoredAppearances
Sergio Agüero Man City 14 15
Diego Costa Chelsea 13 15
Charlie Austin QPR 12 16

36 - Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand picked up his first Premier League yellow card against Arsenal. This was Ferdinand's first booking since 9th December 2012 - an impressive run of 36 games. The 36-year-old won two tackles and made two interceptions throughout his side's defeat. 

2 - Arsenal have had a player sent off in two of their last four Premier League games - having received 0 in their previous 14 this season. Olivier Giroud was the culprit in this tie. No Gunner has been sent off more times in the Premier League over the last 3 seasons than the Frenchman (2).

  TeamAppearancesRed Cards
Calum Chambers Arsenal 16 1
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 9 1

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