Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez finally find touch to down QPR

High tension and high stakes coursed through this meeting of top four chasers and relegation battlers. In a game littered with chances, the difference boiled down to finishing, and Arsenal were ruthless enough on the two occasions needed to secure the points needed to keep them ahead of the pack in the hunt for Champions League re-qualification.

Rob Green was beaten twice at his near post. After Olivier Giroud steered in the opener, Alexis Sánchez rediscovered his taste for goals after a seven-game drought. That put to bed the theory that Sánchez and Mesut Özil, Arsenal’s two most luxurious buys, don’t particularly mix. It was a quirk of recent matches that Sanchez, so prolific in the first half of the season, had lost his eye for goal since the return of the languid assists-man.

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