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QPR vs Arsenal: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Arsenal head across London to face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. Here’s team news, likely line-up & predicted score for the game.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Chamberlain - pushing for a recall

Arsenal head across London to face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon looking to make it eight straight league victories.

A comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend made it seven league wins on the bounce and moved us three points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham, who drew 0-0 with Chelsea. Another win over relegation-threatened QPR would make it 8 straight league wins, which hasn’t happened since 2004.

Despite beating Liverpool 3-2 in their last home fixture, QPR are on a terrible run having won just two of their previous 18 league games. A run that sees them currently sitting in 18th position and the threat of relegation is a distinct possibility for them.

Team news

Mark Hughes will be without striker Djibril Cisse, who was sent off for the second time in just 12 weeks following his January move and will now start a four-match ban.

Heidar Helguson is in line to return to the squad after recovering from a groin injury and Clint Hill is also available. Hughes must decide whether to recall captain Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Philips after leaving them out last week against Sunderland.

Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer remain out and Federico Macheda has returned to Man Utd with an ankle injury.

Arsene Wenger will assess the fitness of defender Laurent Koscielny ahead of the game after the defender pulled out of last weeks game against Villa during the warm up with a knee complaint. We should know more this afternoon when the boss has done his weekly press conference, but the signs are Kos will be fit to start and continue his impressive partnership with TV5.

Abou Diaby is pushing for a place in the squad after coming through a reserves game unscathed. Andre Santos, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are also hoping to return to the starting line-up after all coming off the bench last week, but Wenger is unlikely to shake things up to much with the team playing so well.

He did hint last weekend that Robin van Persie needed a ‘rest’ but i’m hoping that meant a day off training and not leaving him out this weekend, because bringing in Marouanne Chamakh is suicide.

Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker remain on the sidelines.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Arsenal are flying, QPR are in free-fall. The form book suggests an away win but we all know football doesn’t work that way. Liverpool were 2-0 and cruising against QPR and Mark Hughes’ team showed they are up for the fight by scoring three late goals.

But we’re showing a type of resilience in recent weeks that’s been lacking for years and the defence has, dare i say it, looked pretty solid! So as long as the team defends as a unit like they have recently, i can see us coming through this with a ninth straight victory. QPR 0-2 Arsenal.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section….

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Odera Charles Opoka

    March 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    the line up is o.k but guys go to the field with heart of wining,Am tired for being fustrated with Arsenal game some time. my message to Arteta do the same thing as you did to Asston Villa

  2. Raynbow

    March 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Plz guys play like ur lives depnd on dis match. Go wiv d mentality of winnin, no mata wat! Dese guys wld b very fisical wv rough tackls(barton), i luv u guys, make me proud

  3. karis

    March 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    ARSENAL 4 QPR 1

  4. saltcitygooner

    March 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Win or draw I will so proud and happy with another clean sheet. I say another 3-0 score line to the Arsenal!

  5. alfreed

    March 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    For many who have been following our(Arsenal) game against relegation threatened club,u will believe that they have been a disappointment. We in most cases over expect and end up drawing or loosing. This i believe is the attitude of playing defensive football. What Arsenal have to do is to get the first goal to compel them come out of their defense.Remain focused GOONERS!!!.

  6. sanje

    March 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Gunners are going to make us proud again.Ars 5,Qpr 0.robin to score hatrick.up gunners

  7. sanje

    March 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Ars 5,Qpr 0.robin to score hatrick.up gunners

  8. Nwana sylvanus

    March 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Arsenal is going to win 3-1 tomorrow to make it eight straight premier league wins.because every game is like a final to us now because we want to cement the third place in the league table. Gunners for life.

  9. obazee moses

    March 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    It wiLl b a Tough 1. I hope arsenal giv their all in that match.

  10. Meriam Buluh

    March 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    QPR 0 – 5 Arsenal

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