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Arsenal vs. QPR: Premier League Preview, Team News

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal shows his emotions as Mark Hughes of Fulham looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on May 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 26, 2012

Arsenal host Queens Park Rangers this weekend in yet another London-based derby for the English Premier League.

Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes will lock horns for the first time since March, in a match which is critical for both teams.

 

The details

When: 27th October, 10 a.m. (ET)

Where: Emirates Stadium

Watch: Fox Soccer

Arsenal had been enjoying a solid season until a recent rocky patch in form. Two consecutive losses to Norwich and Schalke 04 have left the Gunners' confidence up in the air.

On the other hand, QPR's confidence is understandably low. They're one of two teams to remain winless in the EPL after eight games, but their spirited performance to hold Everton to a draw last week could be a much-needed catalyst.

 

What are Arsenal saying?

Wenger remains pensive with regard to his team's recent form, suggesting blips happen (via The Telegraph).

"At West Ham, we looked outstanding going forwards, dynamic and then suddenly had two flat performances. It is difficult to explain.

"We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm.

"We are still in a strong position in the Champions League, what is important for us now is to bounce back and have a good result in the Premier League."

The Gunners may welcome back long-term absentee Bacary Sagna, but the Frenchman was quick to ease any concerns his current right-back may have.

"Jenkinson has done very well, but sometimes we are a bit short in that position because Carl always has to play every single game.

"We are happy to have 'Bac' available again and his experience is important as well."

Finally, with regard to his opponent's form, Wenger was sympathetic to Hughes' cause and insists the table may well be lying in this case.

"From game to game they are improving, you can see that against Everton.

"You look at their team sheet and they have good players, he is slowly turning them around."

 

What are QPR saying?

Rangers centre-back Ryan Nelsen is excited ahead of his team's trip to the Emirates stadium (via QPR.co.uk).

"When you play the bigger teams and they get it right you can be in a whole lot of hurt if eight or nine of them play to their full potential.

"But on the flip side, that can be reversed as well. If they're off their game, we can cause them problems. 

"Chelsea are a fine example. They have only dropped points so far this season against us, and we're unfortunately bottom of the league at the moment."

Mark Hughes, ever the pessimist, fears an Arsenal backlash in the form of Jack Wilshere (via London24.com).

“He’s an outstanding young player, I think the league's been a lesser league [without him].

“I think everyone missed watching his talents. Ideally, I would have hoped that he [was] one week away from a return but it seems that he played midweek [for Arsenal’s under-21s] with a view to being involved, so we’ll see.

“He’s a young man that seemed to have the world at his feet but he’s had a real setback.

“We wish him well but not too many good wishes if he plays at the weekend.”

 

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