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  • 4 May 2013
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

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

Szczesny
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
6Clint HillDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
26Tal Ben HaimDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
14Loïc RemyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
26Brian MurphyGoalkeeper
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
17MonrealDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
22Francis CoquelinMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker

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