Arsenal host Queens Park Rangers on Saturday looking to recover from a poor week which has seen them lose to Norwich in the league as well as a Champions League loss at home to Schalke. Schalke became the first foreign side to win at The Emirates as Arsenal’s proud European record at home came crashing down.
Arsene Wenger's side square up to QPR, who sit bottom of the table, and are yet to secure three points this season. Wenger could hand Jack Wilshere his first Premier League start in 18 months as the 20-year-old came through The Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Everton at Under-21 level unscathed.
QPR will have taken confidence from their hard-fought point against Everton at Loftus Road last Sunday and Mark Hughes will be looking to compound even more misery on Wenger to get his side off the foot of the table.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
QPR 2 (Taarabt, Diakite) Arsenal 1 (Walcott), Premier League, March 2012
Arsenal 1 (van Persie) QPR 0, Premier League, December 2011
QPR 0 Arsenal 6 (Plummer, Wiltord 2, Rose, Pires, Bergkamp), FA Cup, January 2001
QPR can take heart from the fact they surprisingly beat Arsenal 2-1 the last time these two teams met in March last year
However, QPR have failed to win any of their last 18 away matches
Arsenal will be looking for only their third win against QPR in the Premier League. Their 10 meetings have produced five draws and three QPR victories
Danish Euro '92 winner John Jensen scored the only goal of his Arsenal career in a 3-1 defeat at Highbury against QPR on New Years Eve 1994. Kevin Gallen, Bradley Allen and Andy Impey got the goals for The Hoops.
Arsenal to win: 1.33
Norwich to win: 8.00
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm