The QPR player Arsenal are likely to target on Wednesday night

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Arsenal take on Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night.

Fresh off the back of his strike against Everton at the weekend, Olivier Giroud is going to be hunting for goals again when Arsenal take on Queens Park Rangers

Giroud has faced criticism from Gunners fans of late, but his goalscoring form is actually impressive and he should be confident of hitting the back of the net again. 

The Frenchman has scored five times in his last eight games across all competitions and he could improve this ratio with another strike against struggling QPR.

The London side are fighting against the drop this season, but they have improved somewhat since Harry Redknapp's departure and they will be hopeful of causing an upset against Arsenal.

Chris Ramsey seems to have injected a fresh positivity around Loftus Road and they will be hoping that this carries them through against their more illustrious opponents.

One of the key features of Ramsey's management so far is that he has brought back some of the players that Redknapp appeared to write off at QPR, and one of those squad members is Rio Ferdinand. 

The experienced defender's start to the season suggested that he had little part to play for QPR, but he has improved recently and shown that he could have a crucial role to perform until the end of the season.

Ferdinand will now be hoping to show that he can compete against the very best and his battle against Giroud looks set to be one of the defining contests in the match.

So far this season Ferdinand hasn't been as dominant aerially as he once was (making just 1.8 headers per match) but he will need to ensure that he doesn't get physically bullied by the more powerful Frenchman.

  SeasonTackles per gameInterceptions per gameDefensive duels won per gameHeaders won per gameAppearancesMins Played
Rio Ferdinand 2014-2015 1.9 1.5 3.9 1.8 10 900

Giroud is sometimes accused of lacking mobility, but he can operate as a battering ram and he will fancy his chances in the air against Ferdinand.

  Headers won per gameHeaders won percentChances created per gameShots per gameAppearancesMins Played
Olivier Giroud 3.87 52.99% 0.93 2.68 16 985

Giroud has won over 50% of his aerial battles this campaign and he makes over twice the amount of headers Ferdinand does per game.

That is an obvious area of weakness that Arsenal can exploit and, although it goes against their usual style, Giroud looks set to be a potent outlet for the side to utilise, unless Ferdinand can find a way to marshall him.

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