Arsenal face Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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THE SPANISH CONNECTION
Figure One (v West Ham) Figure Two (v Norwich)
Santi Cazorla has struck up an instant understanding with Mikel Arteta since arriving at Emirates Stadium. The Spanish duo have been central to the fluidity and incisiveness of Arsenal's forays forward, with the short, sharp passes between the pair helping to create space and open up opposing defences. Arteta has actually made the most passes in the Premier League (764), with his compatriot not far behind, ranked fifth on 571 passes overall.
With Arteta sitting in a deeper-lying role, often his first option upon collecting the ball is to look for Cazorla and that passing combination worked to good effect against West Ham United earlier this month. As Figure One demonstrates, the former Everton midfielder's passes to his team-mate were made higher up the pitch and mainly in the central area between the midfield and attack that Cazorla likes to occupy.
However, last Saturday against Norwich Cazorla was shackled well by the home defence and, as Figure Two shows, often had to go deep, or out to the left, to receive the ball from Arteta. The pair continued to find each other, but such was the discipline shown by the Canaries' defence that Cazorla was not able to float into his favoured position in front of the back four and dictate the game.
Against QPR, the Spanish creators will hope their hugely-effective passing partnership will return to central ground and help fashion the chances Arsenal need to open up their London rivals.
Saturday's match will be Arsenal's 187th London derby of the Premier League era. They have won 94 of them, taking an average of 1.8 points per game.
350 UP FOR THE BOSS
Arsenal's win over West Ham United earlier this month was Arsène Wenger's 350th in the Premier League. His full record is as follows:
ARSENAL V QPR - FACTS
- The last time QPR won away at Arsenal was the famous day John Jensen scored his only goal for the Gunners, on December 31, 1994
- After that victory over the Gunners, QPR beat Wimbledon in March 1995, but have since won none of their 12 top-flight London derbies away from home (D2 L10), including losing all four last season
- Mark Hughes has lost all five of the Premier League games as coach away from home against Arsenal
- Arsenal have won just one of their last six Premier League games at the Emirates (W1 D3 L2)
- QPR have gone 20 Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet
- Rangers have lost 14 and won none of their last 17 Premier League away games, picking up just three points from the last 51 on offer
- The Gunners have conceded a league high 83 per cent of their goals in the first half of matches
- QPR have shipped a league high four goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches
- Arsenal have only allowed their opponents 25 shots on target against them this season, fewer than any other team
- After facing a Norwich side looking for their first win of the season last week, Arsenal host QPR who are yet to win this campaign
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