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The 48-year-old manager has a tough run against Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City to come with the Hoops in the drop zone and facing Arsenal this weekend

QPR manager Mark Hughes has stated that his side need to rise to the challenge of beating relegation.

With trips to Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City to come before the end of the season, the Hoops have one of the toughest endings to the campaign of their rivals.

The Rs are currently 18th place in the league but their recent 3-2 victory over Liverpool will give them hope of surviving, with a huge test this weekend when in-form Arsenal come to Loftus Road.

Earlier this week QPR captain Joey Barton spoke of the importance of this weekend’s match, claiming “people’s careers are on the line”.

When asked about the comments his captain made, the 48-year-old said: "I think Joey was trying to emphasise the importance of the game.

"I think we all understand we want to stay in the Premier League and that is our aim. We are fully focused on that challenge.

"If we can play as we did against Liverpool [where QPR won 3-2] against the top sides we are coming up against then that will go along way to whether we stay in the league.

"It is down to us and I that's the point Joey was making. We all have to stand up and be counted and make sure that we give it our best shot. That is certainly what we will be doing."

Arsenal are looking for their eighth successive win and Hughes has spoken of the improvement the Gunners have made compared to their poor form at the start of the season.

"Arsenal are playing exceptionally well, obviously they're winning games and their confidence is growing as a consequence of that," he added.

"I think the key thing to that is they have got lot of width and pace to their play at the moment.

"Maybe earlier in the season when they were struggling a bit the threat from wide areas possibly wasn't as forthcoming as it is at the moment.

"The likes of [Bacary] Sagna and [Kieran] Gibbs are now playing and giving them a real option out wide, which all the good Arsenal teams had in the past.

"I think the likes of [Tomas] Rosicky are playing exceptionally well at the moment so they have key players playing at the top of their ability.

"As always it is a big, big test for us going up against an Arsenal team who, in current form, are as good as it gets."

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