The English Premier League resumes after mid week of UEFA Champions league action. This weekend in the English premier league Arsenal take on QPR in a London derby on Saturday the 27th of October at the Emirates Stadium in London. The host team Arsenal unlike QPR come into this game after having a mid week of UEFA Champions league game losing to Schalke 04 of Germany and would likely be exhausted. Below is the match preview, team news and expected starting line-up for Arsenal vs. QPR.
Arsenal the host team have lost two consecutive games against Norwich in the premier league and Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions group stages. Manager of the side Arsene Wenger would be hoping that his side bounces back to wining ways when the play host to bottom placed QPR at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal cannot afford to lose this game especially when their next opponent in the league is second placed Manchester United at the Old Trafford Stadium, where they suffered a terrible defeat last season, losing to the Red Devils by 8-2.
The visiting team QPR on the other hand are placed on the bottom position on the league table and manager of the side Mark Hughes would be expecting his side to take advantage of Arsenal’s dip in form and at least secure a point from the game in other to jump out from the relegation zone.
Arsenal team news:
Arsenal have had their first full backs absent in both of their last two games which they failed to pick up anything from both games, losing against Norwich City and Schalke 04. However, there is some good news for the Arsenal fans as the return of Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere with both players been sidelined due to long term injuries, with the later returning to action for the first time in 16 months and Bacary Sagna returning from a broken leg. England international Alex Ox-Lade Chamberlain faces a late match fitness test, but is expected to make the bench.
However, players like contract rebel Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby, Kieran Gibbs and goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny all injured and highly expected not to be included in the squad that would face QPR on Saturday.
Arsenal expected starting line-up:
Arsene Wenger returns to manage the team after serving the final part of his UEFA Champions league three match ban. He is expected to have a starting line-up that includes p0layers like; Vito Mannone, Andre Santos, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscienly, Bacary Sagna, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. Players like Gervinho, Alex Ox-Lade Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and serge Gnabry are all expected to come on as substitutes.
QPR team news:
QPR don’t have any new injury worries coming into this game, with only striker Andy Johnson being sidelined due to a long term knee injury.
Arsenal players to watch: Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud