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Peep! Peep! Away we go again at the Emirates Stadium...
While we wait for the second half, here's a recap of today's results...
Chelsea 2-0 West Ham
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton
Everton 0-1 Stoke
Leicester 1-2 Tottenham
Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle
Sunderland 1-3 Hull
Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa
West Brom 1-3 Manchester City
17 - Only Ian Wright (14) has reached 10 PL goals for Arsenal in fewer games than Alexis Sanchez (17). Icons.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
It’s been The Alexis Show so far at the Emirates Stadium. His superb touch, control and cross inside 30 seconds set the tone for another influential half from the Chilean. He then won - and failed to convert - the penalty and scored the only goal of the game so far. QPR have offered ZERO going forward.
"Alexis Sanchez is a good player but he’s not really what Arsenal need. They already have players like him."
- People, Summer 2014
15 - Alexis Sanchez now has 15 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, level with Tottenham's Harry Kane. Rivals.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
GOAL: You give ALEXIS SANCHEZ space and you shall be punished. It’s neat build-up play on the left from Arsenal, and Kieran Gibbs floats a delivery across the box which Alexis - completely unmarked after escaping the attention of Armand Traore - nods home with ease.
Last update... *COUGH, COUGH*
Everything - yes, EVERYTHING - good in this game so far has come through Alexis Sanchez. He’s giving Armand Traore all sorts of problems down the right, and now he pops up on the left, cuts inside and threads a dangerous pass through to Danny Welbeck which causes panic in the QPR area.
A Rio Ferdinand booking??? Yikes! The veteran defender receives his first Premier League booking in over two years following a clear foul on Danny Welbeck on the edge of the box. Olivier Giroud takes the resulting free kick and forces another good save out of Robert Green.
Arsenal are being restricted to shooting from long range now. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez have both had efforts from distance sail over the bar in the last few moments.
Nope. There’s another claim for an Arsenal penalty now as Nedum Onuoha wraps his arms around Danny Welbeck inside the box and the striker falls to ground, but referee Martin Atkinson ain’t interested.
It’s been all Arsenal so far, with Alexis Sanchez a key player in these opening stages, but Robert Green has barely been made to work since saving that penalty. That said, QPR have offered absolutely nothing and have barely left their own half.
More from Louis van Gaal: “I assume that New Year’s Day is not such a big day in England. Christmas is a big day so I adapt to the culture. But in the Netherlands, it's New Year’s Day and we call it Alt-Year. It's very important. Here it's not so important so I don't give them free. They are training now. They have to train.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “All the injuries are coming back. Within two weeks, a lot of players are back. Januzaj is ill, It's a virus that is running in the air. The virus has approached a lot of players of mine, but for him it was too much. Also Fellaini. I think it's the Belgian virus. Rojo and Blind are responding very well.”
Greg Stobart reports: “Arsene Wenger is known for disliking penalties being taken by the player who won the spot-kick, so the Arsenal manager will be even more frustrated with that Alexis Sanchez miss. Harry Redknapp has been barking on the touchline for his QPR players to get behind the ball and make it difficult for the hosts, no doubt with memories of conceding five when he was last here as Tottenham manager.”
Oh what a day to make Alexis Sanchez your fantasy team captain! Arsenal old boy Armand Traore brings Alexis down with a clumsy foul inside the area. The Chilean steps up to take the penalty but his low effort is too close to Robert Green, who gets down well to make a smart save.
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