After a one year absence from the Barclays Premier League, Queens Park Rangers are back and trying to stay among the big boys this time around. Up next, an away fixture to Arsenal.
Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers have met on five previous occasions at the Emirates with Arsenal winning three, drawing one and losing one with the last victory coming in October of the 2012/2013 season, courtesy of a scrappy goal by Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners were so close to a morale boosting victory against Liverpool on Sunday with three minutes of extra time remaining, but Martin Skrtel powerful header ensured that the points were shared. Arsenal having been outplayed by Liverpool for most of the game was fortunate enough to get a draw which Arsene Wenger thought was a fair result.
Queens Park Rangers fared a whole lot better this weekend with a fighting come from behind victory over West Brom Albion, with the red hot Charlie Austin bagging a hat trick and moving his goal tally to 11 for the season, which is only bettered by Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa.
QPR have done very poorly on their recent travels losing to Newcastle, Swansea and Everton in their last three away fixtures and The R’s face another daunting task on the road, with a trip to Arsenal. The Gooners had a very encouraging victory over Newcastle last time out, with their last defeat on the road coming at the hands of Manchester United.
Arsenal should see this match as a must win, one to get them back to winning ways and the spring board that will be needed to finish the year strongly. QPR have truly struggled away from home all season and may need to look at an easier fixture to pick up points.