Mesut Ozil key man versus QPR; Gunners look to end woeful record

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Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers host Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who, despite a disappointing result in the Champions League last week, remain in imperious form in the league. Only Liverpool have taken more top-flight points than the Gunners in 2015, with the Emirates outfit now just four points behind Man City in second place.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Wednesday evening's encounter: 

1 - QPR have won just one of the last seven Premier League matches against Arsenal (W1 D1 L5). However, the Gunners have only won one of their six league visits to Loftus Road (W1 D3 L2). Arsene Wenger's side have netted just 13 goals in 13 games against Wednesday's hosts.

5 - Perhaps more worrying for the Emirates faithful, is the fact their side have only won back to back Premier League away games on one occasion this season. Each of the club's last five victories on the road have been followed by a defeat in their next away match. They won their last away game 2-1 at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

0 - QPR have scored just one goal in their last four Premier League home matches, winning none of those games (D2 L2). Meanwhile, the Rs have won just one of their previous nine matches in the English top flight (W1 D2 L6). Charlie Austin, the club's top scorer, has scored just twice in his last five appearances.

4 - Mesut Ozil turned up at the Emirates on Sunday and fashioned both assists in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Everton. Having set-up at least one goal in each of his last three matches, no other Premier League player has created more goals than the German international so far in 2015 (4).

 Chances Created in 2015 TeamKey PassesGoals AssistedAppearances
Jason Puncheon C. Palace 25 4 9
Mesut Özil Arsenal 14 4 6
Sergio Agüero Man City 7 3 7
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 16 3 8
Stephen Ireland Stoke 7 3 5

38 - Since making his first Premier League start of the season in December, Arsenal's Francis Coquelin has made the most interceptions (38) and second most tackles (39) across the whole English top flight. Only Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta has bettered the Frenchman. 

28th Dec 2014 Onwards TeamTotal TacklesInterceptionsAppearances
Pablo Zabaleta Man City 44 13 8
Francis Coquelin Arsenal 39 37 9
Fernandinho Man City 33 18 9
Alexandre Song West Ham 32 17 8
James McArthur C. Palace 31 23 9

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