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Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers

Ashburton Grove

27th October, 2012

3pm

Arsenal v QPR Match Preview

Arsenal come off the back of two lacklustre defeats and with a tempestuous AGM on Thursday needing a win.

If you're in that situation, you probably want a home fixture against a team without a win in the Premiership this season. But Norwich away looked like quite a nice fixture an hour or two before kickoff, didn't it?

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger acknowledged the dangers posed by QPR on Saturday, saying, '"I must say that QPR had a good team when we played at the Emirates and we won 1-0. It was a very difficult game so we have been warned," said Wenger.

"I believe that you will see the influence of Mark Hughes more next season because he will choose his players, they will take time. At the moment he is focused more on saving QPR than dictating his style of play.

"I wasn`t surprised he took the job. He was looking for a job and when you can get a job in the Premier League, you take it.

"I don`t know the discussions he had with the directors there, maybe they are very ambitious. It is a club in central London with a good support and they are a big traditional club in England."

Arsenal Team News:

rsene Wenger brings Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna back into the squad after long injury lay offs with their level of involvement his next concundrum. It's widely thought both will start on the bench, with Wilshere definitely to be introduced at some stage.

Abou Diaby (thigh), Tomas Rosicky (achilles), Theo Walcott (ribs), Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (ankle), Lukasz Fabianski (ankle), Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh) are all still short of fitness.

Arsenal (from); Mannone, Martinez, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Djourou, Vermaelen, A.Samtos, Arteta, Coquelin, Frimpong, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Arshavin, Gervinho, Gnabry, Podolski, Giroud.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

After so long out, we should be patient in our expectations. It is thoroughly unlikely he'll start, but I'd imagine he'll come on at some stage.

The players and the fans could do with a lift at the moment and his mere presence should at least ensure some of the noise generated on Saturday will be positive. It will just be nice to see him on a pitch again in truth.

Queens Park Rangers Team News:

Andy Johnson (knee) and Kieron Dyer (calf) are absent, but Mark Hughes will run a late check over Brazilian left back Fabio (hamstring) and ex Arsenal full back Armand Traore (leg).

QPR (from); Cesar, Green, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Bosingwa, Traore, Fabio, Park, Taraabt, Derry, Diakite, Granero, Hoilett, Faurlin, Zamora, Cisse, Wright Phillips, Mackie.

Player to watch: Park Ji Sung

The Rs skipper, hasn't missed a minute yet this season. Always bloody scores against us!

Match Facts & Stats

The last time QPR won at Arsenal was New Year's Eve in 1994, but their 3-1 win was overshadowed by John Jensen's infamous one and only goal for the club.

Mark Hughes has managed the away side at the Emirates 5 times in the Premier League and has lost every time so far.

QPR haven't had a clean sheet away from home for 20 games.

Arsenal have only allowed their opponents 25 shots on target against them this season, fewer than any other team.

Ref Watch:

Referee will be Mr. A.Taylor. No, I've never heard of him either.

Match Prediction:

I'm backing Arsenal to get out of their slump, but I don't think it will be pretty. 1-0. Gervinho.

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal's next fixture will be away at Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.


The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2012

Time: 1:26PM

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One would think that this should be the banker we'd be looking for to put the horrors of the last week behind us, however if OptaStats are to be believed (and they usually are). We have a lower win % against QPR than any other team in PL history. It's shouldn't and doesn't lend anything to tomorrow's game, but it is a reminder that we can't simply just show up and win because QPR are at the bottom of the league. We've lost to these sorts of teams so many times in recent memory, it's not good.
Rocky7
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26/10/2012 14:00:00

I'm wrapped well against this cold wind, b4 going to The Grove! Hope The Arsenal can keep me warm with a Red Hot Win!!!! Come on The Arsenal
hackneyval
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27/10/2012 12:51:00

awesome display, well-deserved 3pts. this is more like it!!
Viyyash-Ramosh
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27/10/2012 17:03:00

shut up you inbreds
COYS_TSB
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28/10/2012 20:38:00

 

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