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Latest Arsenal Team News & Predicted Line-Up For QPR

Arsenal take on relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday evening at Loftus Road. Here’s the latest team news and a predicted Arsenal line-up for the game.

Carl Jenkinson

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Arsenal take on relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday evening at Loftus Road looking to reclaim third and put ourselves back in the driving seat for Champions League qualification.

It looks like the race for a top four finish is going to go to the wire and with Chelsea visiting Old Trafford to face champions Manchester United on Sunday, this game presents a great opportunity for us to get back up to third and really put the pressure on our rivals.

Team News

Ahead of the game, boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news update and confirmed that he has no fresh injury worries to contend with following on from last weeks 1-1 draw with Man Utd at the Emirates. Striker Olivier Giroud serves the second of his three-game ban so it looks like Lukas Podolski will continue up front.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski remains out with a rib injury meaning Wojciech Szczesny will once again get a chance to impress in goal. Here is what the boss told the clubs official website:

on the team news…

We still have Olivier Giroud suspended so, compared to last Sunday, we have everyone else available.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

He is still unavailable. From next week onwards, he should be alright.

on the overall injury situation…

It is a good position. We have done well recently. Maybe we benefit from the fact there is only one game per week. So the squad is a bit more stable injury-wise.

So we have the same squad to choose from as last week and I think we might see a couple of changes to freshen things up. Nobody can deny Bacary Sagna had an afternoon to forget last week and I hope Carl Jenkinson is given a chance at right back. Sagna has been well below par in recent months and Jenkinson has performed well when called upon, so hopefully Arsene will give him the nod at right back.

Jack Wilshere may also start after only making the bench last weekend. He doesn’t look 100% fit but hopefully with a full weeks training under his belt he’ll be a little sharper on Saturday. The battle for the left back berth is an interesting one and I think Wenger will continue his recent trend of rotating Kieran Gives and Nacho Monreal, with the Spaniard coming in this weekend after being left out against United. Here’s the team I’d like to see start the game:

Predicted Line-up

arsenal team

Huge game this weekend Gooners. I’ll have my full match preview up on Friday at some point. Till then….

What would be your preferred starting line-up for the game? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Ologunbaba tunde joel

    May 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We trust d gunner to alwAys b on top.

  2. Ubong Austin

    May 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Is high time wenger stop been bias. Y is he benching jenkinson 4 useless n lack of confident Sagna? Y is he always taking out our only creative player(Rosicky)? Y is he always taking out our only combative midfielder(Ramsey)? Wilshere is slowing n killing our attack sometimes now since he is nt fit. Wenger should play players form n nt name.

  3. mukasa isaac

    May 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    wenger should try playing wilshere and rosicky

  4. Nanawei

    May 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Stop making formations that places cazorla on 11,He does not perform very well there when compared to him being used at 8 or 7 in spain You and wenger should understanding this.

  5. hujaj

    May 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    where is my man coquilin????

  6. Smort

    May 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Sagna should struggle from bench just as Vermalean is doing.Jenks should take over.Get well Fabianski.

  7. bashir chirambo

    May 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

    wilshire is not yet mature to control centre for arsenal, Rosicky is valued player rit now,

  8. lwasa jeri

    May 3, 2013 at 3:01 am

    rosicky shud play week in week coz we ril nid his creativety.

  9. Patrick Ssekatawa

    May 3, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Tomas Rosicky must start this game. His vertical play, speed, acceleration, drive and creativity are the qualities we need if we are to win the remaining games. Wilshere is not yet fit enough and therefore should be content with a place on the bench.

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