Arsenal will be looking to recover from the disappointment of conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Liverpool last time out, as they take on Queens Park Rangers.
It was far from a vintage Gunners display, but they came within minutes of nicking a crucial win which would have seen them maintain the two-point gap to fourth place, so it was very much a missed opportunity and another failure in their attempts to build a sustained winning run.
Alexis Sanchez had probably his quietest game since joining the club as they were forced on the defensively for large periods at Anfield, but the ruthlessness in attack will have pleased Arsene Wenger with Olivier Giroud continuing his recent good scoring form.
However, the star striker of the weekend was undoubtedly QPR’s Charlie Austin, who netted a memorable hat-trick to help his side turn a 2-0 deficit into a remarkable victory over West Bromwich Albion which lifted them out of the bottom three.
That comes as a major relief coming into this clash, particularly as they are still waiting to earn their first away point of the season. With that in mind as well as the team’s relative lack of pace, Harry Redknapp is likely to try and frustrate Arsenal here.
The hosts have goalkeeper David Ospina and midfielder Tomas Rosicky back available after injury, but Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are still out.
Yun Suk-Young is definitely missing for QPR, while number of other – unnamed – players are to be assessed in the build-up to the game.
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