QPR vs. Arsenal: 5 Hoops to Watch out for at Loftus Road

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QPR vs. Arsenal: 5 Hoops to Watch out for at Loftus Road
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Seven League wins on the bounce. It's only the 11th time in Arsenal's history that this has happened, as I am reliably informed by arsenal.com's latest installment of "Behind the Numbers."

And while it is only correct that players, staff and fans revel in the glow of this unforeseen purple patch, Arsene Wenger's relentless focus on "the next game" should be the recurring theme.

Arsenal are only three points clear of Spurs in the race for third place, and a slip against lowly Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road could have catastrophic consequences for the Gunners.

Our north London rivals have much the easier run-in, with Sunderland away looking like their most daunting fixture. Arsenal, on the other hand, still have to host Manchester City and Chelsea, and visit Stoke.

Make no mistake—this is a must-win for Arsenal.

QPR occupy 18th place in the latest Premier League table and will no doubt scrap for their lives to get even a point from this fixture. They lost disappointingly, 1-3 at Sunderland, in their last league fixture, but it was only two games ago that they found themselves trailing "mighty" Liverpool at home by two goals to nil after 77 minutes, only to storm back and win 3-2 in some style.

Arsenal must travel to west London expecting a fight, which they will undoubtedly get from any team managed by Mark Hughes. He has never endeared himself to Gooners, as a player or manager, and will certainly not be looking to make new friends this Saturday.

There is also the greater threat of Manchester City looming, as the Etihads come to the Emirates on the 8th of April. It would be fantastic to go into that game on the back of an eight-game winning streak.

QPR have invested in their playing squad ever since they were acquired by Tony Fernandes, and while he hasn't got the bang for the buck that he would have desired, they certainly have players who can hurt Arsenal.

Here are five of their most lethal weapons.

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