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Premier League

  • 4 May 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 18178

QPR - Arsenal Preview: Relegated Rs play for pride against Champions League chasers

Arsene Wenger's men remain confident of securing a place in the top four as they battle Chelsea and Tottenham but face a side who beat them in the same fixture last season



Fabio, Onuoha, Hill, Traore
Jenas, M'bia, Granero
Remy, Zamora, Townsend

Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky
Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla

QPR welcome back Bobby Zamora from suspension and he could take his place in a three-pronged frontline alongside Loic Remy and Andros Townsend, who is looks likely to overcome a hamstring injury.

Christopher Samba is a doubt with a knee problem, while Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and DJ Campbell (foot) are long-term absentees.

Arsenal will remain without the suspended Olivier Giroud, meaning that Lukas Podolski should again start as the focal attacking output, although he faces competition from Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal are vying for first-team places ahead of Kieran Gibbs and Tomas Rosicky respectively as Arsene Wenger faces the luxury of a near-fully fit squad.

  • QPR have two former Arsenal players in their ranks, Armand Traore and Jay Bothroyd.
  • Park Ji-Sung has scored five goals against Arsenal in his career, all coming for Manchester United.
  • Since QPR's return to the Premier League in August 2011, the Gunners have failed to score more than a single goal in any of their three encounters with them.
  • The Rs won the same fixture 2-1 last term thanks to goals from Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite.
  • Arsenal are top of the Premier League form table with 14 points from their last six matches, one ahead of London rivals Chelsea.
  • Santi Cazorla (pictured right) has been Arsenal's only ever-present in the Premier League this season, starting 34 of their 35 matches played so far and appearing as a substitute in the other.

Players to watch

L. Rémy

Position: Attacker

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The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past and he may look at this match as an opportunity to impress Arsene Wenger into rekindling such interest. Has looked a class above the rest of the QPR players ever since his arrival at the club in January and, with five goals to his name already, Harry Redknapp could not have asked for much more from the 26-year-old in their ultimately unsuccessful quest to keep the Rs in the Premier League.

T. Walcott

Position: Attacker

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A quiet period in front of goal recently has diluted the fact that Walcott has had by far his most impressive season in an Arsenal shirt to date. However, he looked back to somewhere near his predatory best against Manchester United last time out, opening the scoring early on with his 19th strike of the season. With Olivier Giroud still suspended and Lukas Poldolski out of form, Wenger is counting on Walcott to deliver at Loftus Road and against a defence who have looked susceptible to pace all season.

Editor's Prediction

This is unlikely to be as easy as it might look to be Arsenal. QPR may well play with the shackles off now that their relegation has been confirmed and, with the quality of players at their disposal, they are capable of causing sides problems, particularly against an Arsenal back line that still looks rather shaky at times.

However, the Gunnners' extra class and, particularly, their pace going forward with Walcott, Podolski and potentially Oxlade-Chamberlain, could just prove crucial as the match wears on.

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