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  • 27 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Arsenal - QPR Preview: Gunners attempt to get back on track after goalscoring troubles

Arsene Wenger's side are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Schalke, while Mark Hughes' team are still hunting for their first Premier League win of the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Mannone
Jenkinson, M'sacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen
Ramsey, Cazorla, Arteta
Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski
QPR

Julio Cesar
Bosingwa, Nelsen, Diakite, Traore
Park, Granero, M'Bia
Hoilett, Zamora, Taarabt

Arsenal continue to suffer from a lengthy injury list, with Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) and Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) still absent in goal, so Vito Mannone looks set to continue as No.1.

Bacary Sagna (broken leg) is back in training, and has played for the Under-21 team, but is unlikely to start on Saturday - though he could be in the squad.

Likewise, Jack Wilshere (ankle) has made a couple of appearances for the reserves, and is in with a chance of making the squad, though Arsene Wenger did state that he will not be rushing the midfielder back.

However, Kieran Gibbs (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip), Abou Diaby (thigh), Tomas Rosicky (Achilles) and Theo Walcott (bruised lung) are all likely to miss out.

For QPR, Fabio could make a comeback from a hamstring injury, but Andy Johnson (knee) and Kieron Dyer (calf) are both absentees.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal have lost three of their last five games in all competitions.
  • In both of last season's encounters, the sides were separated by a single goal, with Arsenal winning 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium and QPR winning 2-1 at Loftus Road.
  • Mikel Arteta (pictured right) is three appearances away from his 350th career league game.
  • The two clubs have played each other in five of the Premier League seasons, with five draws out of the 10 matches.
  • QPR have only won once this season, beating Walsall in the League Cup.
  • The last time Arsenal lost three times in a row was last season, as they suffered defeats against Fulham, Swansea and Manchester United.
  • The Gunners went two games without scoring last season versus Newcastle and Liverpool, the same run they are currently on.
  • The longest streak in QPR's history without a win was 20 games between December 1968 and April 1969.
  • Between September 1997 and September 1998, the Loftus Road club went 24 games without a win on the road, they are yet to win an away game under Mark Hughes.

Players to watch

V. Mannone

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The keeper has been under a bit of pressure of late with the limelight thrust firmly upon him in the absence of Szczesny and Fabianski. With Fabianski months away from a return, and Szczesny still a couple of weeks off, he will have to handle the burden by himself for the foreseeable future.

Granero

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The midfielder has been earning some good reviews of late, but faces a stern test up against a Gunners midfield that will be eager to make amends for two losses on the bounce. How effective he is could well be the barometer of how many points QPR take home from the Emirates.

Editor's Prediction

The Gunners will be looking to keep things quite tight defensively, and dominate possession, while QPR will most likely be sitting back and trying to nick a goal on the break. However, Arsene Wenger's side should be able to break down the barriers put up in front of Julio Cesar, with Mark Hughes' side conceding 17 goals already this season in only eight games.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
75%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
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Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
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