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QPR vs Arsenal Preview: (An Arsenal Fan's Perspective)

Friday 30th March 2012
Arsenal will be looking it to make it 8 wins on the bounce, as they make the short trip to Loftus Road to take on a relegation-threatened QPR side. The hosts in 18th place, and with only 1 win in the last 6 games, will be looking to reprise the result of their last home game, when they overturned a 2-0 deficit in 15 minutes to win 3-2 against Liverpool. It will not be easy against an in-form Arsenal side though. With wins in the last 7 games and playing some sublime football, Arsene Wenger's boys are on a roll. Aided by the return of full backs and injured midfielders, the Gunners have recorded some resounding victories, nothing more special than the 5-2 demolition of Tottenham, to leapfrog their North London rivals and move into 3rd place.

The visitors on the other hand, need a quick turnaround in fortunes, to rescue their sinking ship. The dismissal of Neil Warnock and the subsequent appointment of Mark Hughes, combined with the new, expensive arrivals in January , were expected to put Rangers on course for a push up the table, but things have turned out very differently. Plagued by disciplinary problems and an apparent lack of cohesiveness, big spending QPR look destined to go down. The fact that they have the toughest run of fixtures of all the relegation threatened sides compounds their misery.

Facing this in-form Arsenal team will surely be an intimidating prospect for this QPR side. The midfield trio of Arteta, Song and Rosicky have been in sparkling form and will take some stopping tomorrow. Robin Van Persie hasn't scored in the past two games and will be hungry to get back on the scoresheet. In the event, the fact that others have stepped up to take goal scoring responsibilities will delight Arsenal fans.

The home side on the other hand are plagued by disciplinary problems. Djibril Cisse got himself sent off for the second time in 5 games, which may prove very, very costly for QPR. In his absence, the goal scoring responsibilities rest on the shoulders of Bobby Zamora- who knows a thing or two about scoring against Arsenal. Adel Taraabt too, will be expected to create and score. Mark Hughes and Arsene Wenger have had a history of touchline arguments, especially when the former was at Manchester City, and it will be interesting to see if there's another one on the anvil tomorrow.

Team News :

Arsenal: Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad after missing last week's home win against Aston Villa. Abou Diaby does not make it to the final 18 despite proving his fitness in two games for the reserves. Long term absentees Wilshere, Mertesacker and Coquelin continue their rehabilitation.

QPR:Djibril Cisse, will serve a four match ban after his red card against Sunderland. DJ Campbell, Faurlin and Armand Trarore are expected to miss through injuries, while Heidar Helguson and Clint Hill may return to the squad.

Prediction : It's hard to look beyond an Arsenal victory. The visitors' superiority in addition to the home side's travails point towards an away victory, though it will not be easy. QPR 1- 3 ARSENAL
An Arsenal fan since 1997. I am an Information Technology Graduate from Hyderabad, India with a passion for football writing

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